Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Presents 53 Exquisite Diamonds
Story and photos submitted by Karen Turnage, Media Correspondent | Photo Credit: Ms. Chris Winston
On Friday, February 16, 2018, Epsilon Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporation, hosted its 60th Annual Debutante Presentation and Ball in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center.
Over 1300 guests enjoyed the exquisite decorations of stately columns swathed in white fabric and adorned with greenery and beautiful flowers in hues of pink and green. Elegant centerpieces were placed on each table with a sampling of light hors d’oeuvres.
Dr. Wilma Ruffin, president of the chapter, welcomed debutantes, escorts, parents, special guests and friends. She also introduced Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff and Ms. Erica Washington to present this year’s 53 honorees. The 2018 debutantes are seniors representing a variety of North Alabama schools. The Debutante Presentation and Ball culminated the Debutante Season which consisted of training sessions, social graces workshops, community service projects, and a creative scrapbook.
This year’s theme, “Exquisite Diamonds: Poised, Polished, and Unconquerable,” was on display as each honoree was presented. “The Debutante Presentation and Ball is a once in a lifetime, breathtaking experience,” said Dr, Ruffin. “Each honoree exhibited a graceful, elegant spirit not only on this enchanting evening in their full white gowns, pearls and gloves, but also during the entire Debutante Season. Their intelligence, compassion, and creativity represent our society’s great promise to build and sustain the future.”
The recipients of this year’s scholarships were Morgan Gibson, Natalie Fields, and Raven Griffin totally $14,000. The Eva Cathey Award recipient was Morgan Gibson. Debutante bracelets were presented to each of the debutantes by the Ball Chairman, Ms. Angel Baytop and the Co-Chairman, Ms. Katrina Eason. Ms. Baytop indicated that she really enjoyed working with the young ladies and the Ball Committee and “was not ready for this experience to end.” Ms. Eason stated, “I am so excited to have played a part in such a wonderful Debutante Season and tonight, I am so proud of all of the lovely young ladies.”
The night’s Cotillion dance was followed by a toast given by State Representative, Anthony Daniels. After the toast, the Debutantes and Presenters had the first dance.