Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Delta Omega Chapter and the Ivy Center Foundation of Nashville, Incorporated thank you for your support of our signature biennial Precious Pearls Cotillion held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. “Celebrating a Legacy of Precious Pearls" was an elegant evening of style and sophistication while helping to raise scholarship funds for local high school seniors, and educational and charitable institutions.
Throughout its eighty-eight year history, Alpha Delta Omega Chapter has sponsored many fund-raising projects in order to support its mission of promoting scholarship, and being of “greater service to all mankind.” From the early thirties to the early seventies, the chapter sponsored several different kinds of fund raising events. These included fashion shows, car raffles, concerts, stage plays and a bridge tournament. Proceeds from these activities allowed the awarding of a maximum of two scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year.
In order to give more scholarships and to provide experiences needed by high school students as they entered into a changing social scene, a new and larger fundraising activity was needed. This need was met in 1975 with the sponsoring of the first biennial cotillion. Mrs. Lillian Dunn Thomas introduced the project; Mrs. Ethel Thomas suggested the name “Precious Pearls Cotillion”; and Mrs. Lettie Galloway and Mrs. Gwendolyn Vincent served as Co-chairmen of the event. Thirty-nine debutantes were presented at the first “Precious Pearls Cotillion”.
The Precious Pearls Cotillion grew and became the signature Alpha Delta Omega Chapter fund-raising event. The Cotillion continues to be of significance to the community, and it remains the single fund-raising project sponsored by the Ivy Center Foundation of Nashville and Alpha Delta Omega Chapter. All contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. Since 1975, more than one thousand (1,000) young ladies have completed the Precious Pearls Program and approximately $20,000 in shcolarships have been given annually to graduating high school seniors. Debutantes were first awarded scholarships for funds they generated for the event during the 1993 Cotillion.
The Precious Pearls Cotillion experience has grown from lessons in “Charm and Grace” prior to the Formal Cotillion presentation, to an extended program over a nine month period. In addition to the Charm School and extended practice sessions, the program now includes: the Father-Daughter Breakfast; Mother –Daughter Luncheon; Career Smorgasbord; Service Projects; and weekly rehearsals.