By Lynn Jones
Although the holiday season has passed, the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has plenty to celebrate. The sorority held their annual Founders Day Tea last Saturday inside the chapel of the City Rescue Mission.
Chapter members, families, friends and aspiring women, mingled, networked and sipped tea at an event “Fit for queens.” President Karen Britt welcomed members and spoke to attendees on the sorority’s 99-year legacy and the chapter’s 75-year legacy of service in the Jacksonville community.
Guests dined on a healthy assortment of sandwiches, sweets and flavored teas. The highlight of the tea was the pretty hat and gloves competition featuring an array of colors, styles and even heights. Several contestants strutted to the front of the chapel and sashayed their colorful hats and gloves to retrieve the winning prize.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University, in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally.
The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through volunteer services from members and its auxiliaries. Next up for the sorority is is the Sorks Nest Open House scheduled for January 23rd at 11 a.m., BAZ Sorority House, 3805 Moncrief W. or visit www.zetaphibetjax.org
Shown are the judges and winners of the BAZ Tea (l-r), Avery Cohen (Judge/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity), Patrina Freeman (first place winner), Soror Lorraine Lee (third runner-up), Chiquita Robinson (second place winner), Dr. William Hill (Judge/Alpha Phi Alpha) and Dr. Jabari Jones (Judge/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity).