Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.Delta Phi Omega Chapter in conjunction with The Ivy Foundation, Inc., will host its Inaugural Biennial Winter Cotillion Feb. 16 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park.

The 2019 cotillion with the theme, "Pearls of Prestige," will present young ladies from the Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding communities.

Leading up to the cotillion the young ladies participated in workshops focused on personal and professional development, “charm school” focused on social and professional etiquette and events that inspired volunteerism, community service and cultural awareness.

One highlight over the 10-month period was the cotillion kick-off event, a mother/daughter tea at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis. The debutantes invited their mothers/mother figures and arrived “charmed for excellence” in their tea hats and dresses. The menu included finger hors devours, desserts and a selection of iced or hot tea. The program consisted of debutantes' reflections on the relationship with their mother.

During the next month, the young ladies will prepare for the formal, black-tie cotillion event where they will be presented to society and recognized for their academic and service achievements. The proceeds from this event will be used to provide scholarships to high school students in the Twin Cities areas, and to support other educational, civic and charitable causes.

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