Fun way to help raise money for scholarship fun

A local organization is working to raise money to help send women to college.

The Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc/Delta Beta Omega (DBO) Chapter will present their annual fundraising scholarship breakfast on Saturday, December 1st at the J.W. Marriott, Desert Ridge, 8 a.m.

This signature event provides scholarships to young ladies in the Phoenix metropolitan area who further their education in various regions of the country.

This year, 10 young ladies were awarded scholarships, totaling $23,500, at DBO's annual scholarship luncheon on Saturday, May 19th. 

The ladies, all high academic achievers, will use the funds to further their educational endeavors at institutions of higher learning in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Each of the participants also demonstrated involvement in various community service volunteer capacities.

The award recipients were Anne Chege (Highland High School); Mikeia Green (Tolleson High School); Shanice Ware (Marcos de Niza High School); Danielle and Aliana Pitts (Apollo High School); Candice Nelson (Xavier College Preparatory); Joi Fletcher (Dobson High School); Maryam Addul-Wahid (Betty H. Fairfax High School); Kartia Nash (South Mountain High School); and Christina Camoriano (Arcadia High School).

For the first time this year, Little Miss Fashionetta will debut. Members of the sorority are mentoring several adorable young girls (ages 5 - 11) in the areas of self-awareness/self-esteem, etiquette/professionalism, and community service projects. One of the goals of the program is to teach leadership skills to girls at an early age. These girls are on the pathway to becoming future AKA scholarship recipients.

Fashionetta is supported by the generous donations of several corporate sponsors. Dorothy Finnie is the President of the Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation, Inc. and Carla Wright is the 2012 Fashionetta Chairperson. The Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation works to fund educational, charitable and philanthropic programs through comprehensive fundraising efforts. The Foundation was incorporated in May 1994 in the state of Arizona and is a 501(c)(3) public educational charity. In addition, the Foundation reaches out globally to provide life-sustaining resources to developing countries.

For more information, visit phxakarama.org .

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