PRECIOUS TO CULTURED PEARLS—Malika Fields, Cory Glover, Diamen Green, Alexis Hall, Dalese Stallworth, Sekai Steave-Onyundo, Gwendolyn Tinsley, Jourdan Washington, NaKesha West, Sierra Wilson and Tarah Wright. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)
On Dec. 7, 2013 at the Stratigos Banquet Center in North Huntington, Pa., the Ivy Charitable Endowment of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (the Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter) hosted its Biennial “Precious to Cultured Pearls” Presentation Ball. The beautiful event marked the fourth cotillion sponsored by the ICE Foundation.
The ICE Cotillion sponsors young ladies from the Pittsburgh region and prior to the cotillion the young ladies are guided on etiquette, higher education life skills development, social responsibility, service learning and career development. To date, approximately 41 young ladies have participated in this prestigious event.
EVENT CHAIRS—Paula Davis and Jackie Blakey Tate
The 11 young ladies who were presented to society were: Malika Fields, Diamen Green, Cory Glover, Alexis Hal Sekai-Steave-Oyundo, Dalese Stallworth, Gwendolyn Tinsley, Jourdan Washington, NaKesha West, Sierra Wilson and Tarah Wright. The young ladies and their escorts participated in a waltz that was choreographed by Tony Dixon. This year’s cotillion also featured 14 elementary school young ladies called “Miss Pearl Essense.” These young ladies are pre-debutantes who also received training similar to the older debutantes.
Jackie Blakey Tate and Paula Davis served as event chairs, while Bob Allen and Lynne Hayes Freeland, both of KDKA-TV, served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies.
HANDSOME ESCORTS—Joel Akrie, Tyelre Davis, Quincy Harding, Derrick Hodge, Arthur King, Joel Macklin, Brandon McClung, Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Powell, Abner Roberts and Emmanuel Walker
AFTER THE WALTZ
MISS PEARL ESSENSE—Danielle Blakey, Angelina J. Chambers, Kennedy Fitzgerald, Rachel Gitelman, Dominique Gordon, MacKenzi Harris, Indira Ismaeli Robinson, Jaidyn Jiles, Kylah Knight, Nyiah Danielle Lance, Samaree Perkins, Mya RaShae Robinson, Robbyn Robinson and Starr Morella Wasler
THE CHOREOGRAPHERS—Michael Forrest Johnson, Kontara Morphis and Tony Dixon