Sorority dons hats to help community


By Terri Ferguson Smith - [email protected]



LAURINBURG — A hat and fashion show planned for today hopes to raise money for local projects while giving women, men and children the chance to show off their most colorful head attire.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Laurinburg chapter, Alpha Alpha Phi Zeta, will hold the event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Building at The Highlands.

Barbara Pierce, sorority parliamentarian, said the fashion show will feature casual, back-to-school clothing and business and formal wear, followed by a parade of hats. It is the first time the group has held a fashion show.

From the largest hat to the smallest hat — and everything in between — the headgear will be fanciful, according to Pierce.

“You’re going to see some unusual hats. You’re going to see some beautiful hats,” Pierce said.

As an added incentive, any school-aged child who models will be given school supplies, Pierce said. Exhibitors will be on hand displaying gift baskets, cake decorating, jewelry, hair bows, and bath products.

“It’s important because this past year we gave two, $1,000 scholarships to students at Scotland High School. This year we hope to be able to give more scholarships,” said Pierce, the 2016 Zeta of the Year.

The group will also use the money for other community projects. It helps supports hospice care, victims of domestic violence, programs for the elderly and youth programs, Pierce said. The Alpha Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was chartered in Laurinburg in July 2015.

There will also be a voter registration table set up at the event.

Alpha Alpha Phi Zeta’s goals are to connect with communities, engage and encompass positive movements toward education, healthier lifestyles and overall unity. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1920.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

The Highlands is at 17160 Plant Road, Laurinburg.

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By Terri Ferguson Smith

[email protected]

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.

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