Published on February 5th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff1
37th Annual Pink Ice Gala, Columbia SC
Pictured Platinum Sponsor AARP-SC and AARP volunteers poise with a locally-commissioned framed artist portrait. Left to right Beverley Washington, Takiyah Green, Millennium Magazine, Stephanie Johnson, Jacqueline Green, Emma McGraw Myers-Bailey (AARP-SC State President), Lillian Crosby Brown, Deloris Smith and Carolyn Thompson (AARP Columbia Chapter President). Photo by Calvin Reese, Millennium Magazine.
The 37th Pink Ice Gala was held on recently in the Cantey and Goodman Buildings on the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, South Carolina. The Pink Ice Gala is a premier fundraising event that occurs annually on the fourth Friday in January. The buildings at the SC State Fairgrounds were transformed into elegant ballrooms providing an atmosphere conducive to networking, fellowship, and enjoyment for over 3600 people.
The success of the Pink Ice Gala fundraising stemmed from the avid support of sponsors coupled with their member’s responsibility for ticket sales. Through their fundraising efforts, they can impact the Greater Columbia area by enhancing lives and communities through diverse programs initiatives, volunteerism, community outreach and provide scholarships.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. The sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope. Two distinguishing members of the sorority brought greetings to the event: Mrs. Carolyn G. Randolph, the South Atlantic Regional Director, and the Honorable Kamala Harris, California United States Senator.
The Gamma Nu Omega Chapter has been providing service in Columbia, South Carolina for 77 years. The chapter was charted in February 1942 by 17 energized, sophisticated, and poised ladies. The chapter has grown to just over 200 members. They have established life-long partnerships with community leaders and public officials in their endeavor of providing service to all mankind. The event also had greetings from the City of Columbia by Mayor Steve Benjamin and Congressman James E. Clyburn, House Majority Whip, who are both ardent supporters of their mission and the gala.
The Pink Ice Gala was hosted in partnership with Gamma Nu Omega Chapter and the Pink & Green Community Service Foundation, Incorporated (P&GCSF). The P&GCSF was established in 2005 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. The Pink & Green Community Service Foundation is dedicated to community service throughout the Greater Columbia Area and is the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Nu Omega Chapter.