Jacksonville’s Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, recently held their 13th Annual Scholarship Banquet Luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near the airport in front of a sold out crowd of 300 guests. The Chapter honored Eleven “Community Pearls,” a select group of individuals whose hard work, dedication, and service to their community is worthy of recognition and praise. This year’s theme was “Honoring Leaders Under 40 – Who are Changing Lives.” Honorees were local young leaders whose occupations include: entrepreneurs, leaders of non-profit organizations, medical professionals, religious directors, and members of the military who endeavor to improve our communities.
Keynote speaker was Ju’Coby Pittman, President of the Clara White Mission. Pittman shared the importance of “taking care of yourself, life is precious, live each day, and what have you done lately?” Her remarks served as a personal map on how each of us should live our own journey of life on the road to achieving our goals. The Chapter also presented scholarships to 12 area graduating high school students from Clay and Duval counties. The chapter has honored over 100 individuals over the past 13 years and has gifted over 40 scholarships totaling $25,000.
The event was organized by chapter members and citywide BAZ sisterhood support. Up next for the chapter is a bridal shower for engaged chapter members and the 2018 March of Dimes March for Babies Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 12th. Shown are BAZ 2018 Community Pearls Winners: Front Row (L-R), Carla M. Jones, Shenette Doyle, Taylor D. Richardson, Myra Martinez, Kellee Bennett, and Shanna M. Carter; Back Row Juan Vega (Sat in for Tony Washington), Brandon Mack, Eric L. Fancy Jr., William Smith, and posthumously Austin J. Franklin.