Proceeds support scholarships, national initiatives, and local community service programs

carnivale-masquerade-ballLas Vegas, Nev. – April 2, 2014 – The Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, in conjunction with the 20 Pearls Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, is pleased to announce our 11th Annual Emerald Ball “Carnivale” on Saturday, April 12 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in the Brasilia Ballroom.

The Emerald Ball is the Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter’s annual fund raiser in support of scholarships to help local high school seniors continue their education to the college or university of their choice, national initiatives, and local community service programs. This year’s event features a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, dinner and dancing. The master and mistress of ceremony are Fred Keeton, vice president finance, external affairs and chief Diversity officer for Caesars Entertainment, and Lisa Mack of Menopause the Musical® at Luxor Las Vegas. In addition, there will be live entertainment from Lady S and Intrigue along with other performers.

Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter will also recognize the following individuals and organizations who support our program initiatives:

1. Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) – This signature program impacts the lives of 10,000 girls in grades six through eight by providing leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building. The increasing demands of the twenty-first century mandate our youth to be better leaders at a younger age making smart choices with positive consequences.
Honorees: Diane “Lady Di” Boles and BlackGirlsCode

2. Health – These initiatives encourage personal fitness and healthy life styles. We will support organizations which advance access to treatment and coordinate awareness and advocacy campaigns to reduce health disparities, save lives and impact health related legislation. Co-sponsored health forums will address: diseases which disproportionately affect women and minorities, prevention and treatment options.
Honorees: Huntridge Teen Clinic and Outside Las Vegas Foundation

3. Global Poverty – The goals for this initiative are to end hunger, preserve the environment and empower women. This program provides food production skills and training in self-reliance through gifts of seeds, livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture. Education in sustainable food practices will make women equal partners in ending poverty and hunger. Alpha Kappa Alpha continues its membership and consultative status with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization). We have global partners for self-help projects and awareness campaigns within the United States and abroad.
Honorees: First AME Church and Three Square

4. Economic Security – This effort expands current programs related to wealth building and allocation of resources, home ownership, estate planning, support and empowerment of female owned businesses and urban enterprise zones.
Honorees: Michael Cornthwaite, Future Restaurant Group and Chef Natalie Young, Eat

5. Social Justice and Human Rights – These initiatives address gender equality issues including: human trafficking and domestic violence, services for children with incarcerated parents, youth aging out of foster care and children in homeless shelters. Voter empowerment; access to technology; training of parents as advocates for educational and health care needs of children and support of the arts.

Honorees: Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and Nevadans for the Common Good

*****6. Internal Leadership Training for External Service – This initiative affords Alpha Kappa Alpha members leadership training at all levels within the organization. It serves as a catalyst for members to reach their fullest potential as skilled leaders in service to Alpha Kappa Alpha and other organizations and institutions.
Honoree: This only recognized internally and should not be part of the press release

Tickets are $100.00 per person and are available for purchase at 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc.

“From our sorority’s founding over 100 years ago, one of our primary focuses has been the importance of education. We are grateful for the community’s support of our efforts to provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors,” States Jacqueline E. Brown, president of the Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter. “Your contributions to this annual event provide opportunities for promising young adults to further their education and fulfill their future career goals.”

About the Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter
The women of Theta Theta Omega have been providing community service and philanthropic efforts to the citizens of the Las Vegas area since 1965. Members are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, finance and business, social work, civic leadership, real estate, and entrepreneurship. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/ThetaThetaOmega.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated: Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood composed of women who have consciously chosen this affiliation as a means of self-fulfillment through volunteer service. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. For more information please visit aka1908.com.

About the 20 Pearls Foundation, Incorporated
The 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to serving the Las Vegas community in support of educational achievement, scholarship programs, and philanthropic endeavors. The Foundation, in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Theta Omega Las Vegas Chapter, also supports other programs for all segments of the public including cultural and historical activities and community and health services. The 20 Pearls Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information please visit 20 Pearls Foundation, Inc.

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