The Debutante Season began in May 2019 and culminated with fourteen young ladies introduced to society. These ladies are pursuing their dreams through post-secondary education. They are active in the community as volunteers to various charitable organizations and activities, and provided hundreds of hours of volunteer service. They are also high academic achievers and received many scholarships, awards and accolades.
Highlights of the season included Charm School conducted by Ms. Taqwaa F. Saleem (2004 Debutante); feeding the homeless at the Old Savannah City Mission; and participating in the “Day Clean Journeys” tour. The parents and Prospective Debutantes performed their Diamond Derby Social on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The Diamond (75th) Jubilee Cotillion was held at the Savannah Convention Center on Friday, December 20, 2019. 600 attendees enjoyed a once in a lifetime event. The event began at 6pm with a cocktail hour followed by Dinner and then the Presentation of Debutantes. In January 2013, the chapter named the scholarships in honor of the late Lillie Jackson Ray, wife of Alpha Brother Robert Ray. Mrs. Ray worked tirelessly with the Debutantes from 1987 through October 2012. Scholarship recipients were recognized and Presentation concluded with Debutantes and Escorts performing the Minuet and the Waltz with the addition of Fathers/Guardians. More than 100 former Debutantes attend the Cotillion representing every decade. Mrs. Jessie Collier DeLoach was in attendance representing the 1946 Debutante class and recognized by the audience with a standing ovation.
Once the Presentation ended, the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and all the former Debutantes surrounded the fourteen 2019 Debutantes. The Brothers then serenaded the Debutantes with their Alpha Sweetheart song and sang the Alpha Hymn.
The Brothers of Beta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., President Brother Soloman Myers, III and the Alphabettes express their sincere congratulations to the 2019 Debutantes and their parents/guardians.