The 2017 Debutante Ball has finally arrived. On Fri., Nov. 24, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Mu Omega chapter, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Leadership Institute, Inc., will host the 65th annual Debutante Ball, “Parade of Pearls”, at the Westin Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Twenty young ladies from the Kansas City metropolitan area will grace the ballroom to be presented to adult society.

Throughout this Debutante Ball season, the young ladies have participated in waltz rehearsals, community service events, attended educational seminars, as well as kept up with their normal school work and extracurricular activities. The Debutante Ball is a program to award scholarships to young ladies who have shown outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, talent and community service.

The Ball originated in 1951, when the late Lillian Orme of Mu Omega chapter in KCK, and Mildred Althouse of KC Mo.’s Beta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., sponsored a Debutante Ball as a fundraiser to support the sorority’s Delta House at the University of Kansas.

Collectively Beta Omega and Mu Omega chapters have recognized more than 2,000 outstanding young women and have awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarship and book awards.

The Leadership for the 2017 Debutante Ball are Mu Omega’s chairman Tamara Nelson, co-chairman, Tanesha Thompson and Metropolitan Leadership Institute president, Marilyn Hunter. Barbara Washington, Esq., is president of Mu Omega, and Sharon Hayes is vice president and program chairman of Mu Omega.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Black Greek lettered Sorority founded by college educated women. Founded in January 1908 on the campus of Howard University by sixteen college women.

The 2017 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Debutantes are:

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