Scholarship and Service Honored at Zeta Blue and White Banquet

Shown (l-r) is awardee Avis Chase (Owner Chase Funeral home), chapter organizer Diana Jordan-Baldwin and Cynthia Garris, first black female to serve as Saint Augustine Florida City Commissioner.
When it come to community advocacy, sororities and fraternities on the first coast lead the way in volunteerism and giving back to the community with charitable donations and events. Added to the list is the inaugural Blue and White Community Scholarship Black History Banquet sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Beta Alpha Psi Zeta chapter and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Nu Beta Sigma Alumni Jacksonville chapter.  This past weekend’s event was held inside the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center with hundreds of blue and white jackets honoring community heroes in the surrounding St. Johns County area. The affairs agenda included praise dancers, poetry reading, catered luncheon and a photo 360 booth to capture the events memorable moments. Black history fact was on the agenda with guest speaker Cynthia Garris, the first female to serve as Saint Augustine Florida City Commissioner. In addition, taking time to recognize women in business, the sorority team honored Avis Chase of Chase Funeral home in Saint Augustine for her service in the community.

The event raised thousands to provide three scholarships, two for graduating high school students and another for Florida Technical College Students to be awarded in April 2023. “Honoring our community champions is always our goal.  Service, scholarships and social causes is our mantra. As finer women, we honor finer women,” said Vera Brown Floyd, Beta Alpha Psi Zeta President.

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