By Sheryl Edwards
Special to Frost Illustrated
FORT WAYNE—Mary Breaux Wright, the International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., was the keynote speaker at the 40th Annual Finer Womanhood Scholarship Benefit on May 17, held in Fort Wayne at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.
The theme for the event was “The Royal Blue & White Ties that Bind,” which signifies the constitutionally-bound relationship between Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. President Wright’s dynamic message was very inspiring, upbeat and encouraging. Tidbits from her speech included the following: keep a positive attitude; don’t ever count numbers, make numbers count; always put God first; you were born to win; you can overcome any obstacles; see yourself as a champion; we can all succeed; and the road to success is not straight.
The benefit honored and recognized three local high school scholars who are doing well academically and giving back to the community through volunteer service. The winners of the 2014 Zeta Memorial Scholarships were: Brittni Clopton—South Side High School; Arrie Hill—Concordia High School, and Justice Lee Jones—Homestead High School. Each student is scheduled to attend college in the fall and have aspirations for great careers.
Local Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter President, Tonya Ashford also celebrated their 40th anniversary of service to the Fort Wayne community during the dinner/dance. Two of the charter members, Edna Metoyer and Mary Simpson (each with moe than 50 years of service to the Sorority) were present at the event. They formally recognized and honored the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary (as of Jan. 9, 2014) of “culture for service and service for humanity.” Each fraternity member present at the event was presented with a tribute certificate and tie pin to commemorate one century of service.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1920 on the campus of Howard University. The organization was established for the purpose of promoting the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promoting charitable projects on college campuses and within the community; fostering the spirit of sisterly love, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood.