Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


2014 Debutante Cotillion: A Constellation of Stellar Stars

GREENVILLE – The Epsilon Tau Omega (ETO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will present over 70 young ladies to society at the 2014 Debutante Cotillion to be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Saturday, December 20th. This Debutante Cotillion is the largest in the Upstate and amongst the largest in the country and is open to high school juniors, seniors or college freshman when sponsored by a member of ETO.

“The Cotillion has a long standing tradition in our community. Our mission is to encourage finer womanhood, promote leadership and personal development, and to inspire educational and cultural growth. The Cotillion provides young ladies from diverse communities the opportunity to participate in an exemplary leadership and personal development mentoring program.” Dr. Genice Williams, ETO President.

This year’s theme is “A Constellation of Stellar Stars.” As part of their debutante experience, the young ladies have participated in a series of workshops which focused on: Global Poverty, Social Justice, and personal development. Additionally, the debutantes participated in community service projects at Generous Gardens and Pleasant Valley Community Center in late June. At the culmination of the Debutante Cotillion, three young ladies will be awarded scholarship awards towards their post-secondary education.

At the cusp of their development from a young lady into adulthood, the ETO Cotillion provides a foundation of positive reinforcements and assurances that will benefit them personally, academically, and professionally along this journey.
General admission tickets to the Debutante Cotillion can be purchased for $25, which includes a souvenir journal. For more information, please contact us via email

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s first sorority established by African American women, had its humble beginnings on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of over 265,000 college-trained members, bound by the bounds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
Since its founding, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission has been to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind.

The 2014 – 2018 International Program will focus on “Launching New Dimensions of Service” addressing community needs and improving the lives of those we serve with programs in five target areas:
· Educational Enrichment
· Health Promotion
· Family Strengthening
· Environmental Ownership
· Global Impact

Alpha Kappa Alpha is consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.
To learn more, please visit

About the Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter
In 1952, sixteen Alpha Kappa Alpha women initiated the founding of Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter (ETO) in Greenville, SC, making it the 43rd Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Today, with over 150 influential women from across the Upstate and under the leadership of Dr. Genice Williams, ETO continues to be a driving force of service to the Upstate community. The women of ETO are eager to provide continued, unwavering support for the Upstate and look forward to engaging, educating, and empowering our community during our International Community Impact Days:
· Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January)
· Pink Goes Red (February)
· 1,908 Playground Mobilization Day (May)
· The Longest day Alzheimer’s Support Activity (June)
· Mental Health Awareness Day (July)
· Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)

ETO is also proud to provide over $40,000 in scholarships to African-American high school seniors attending colleges/universities, as well as, other charitable fundraising and donation initiatives.
To learn more, please visit
Jervelle Fort or Lesley Duncan
2014 ETO Cotillion Publicity Co-Chairman 2014 ETO Cotillion Publicity Co-Chairman
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