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Tenth Annual Pink Hat Tea Will Celebrate 10 Years of Providing College Scholarships for District of Columbia High School Seniors

Washington, DC, May 03, 2019 --( The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. (PIEF), in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,® Xi Omega Chapter, will host its 10th Annual Pink Hat Tea on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Renaissance in downtown Washington, DC. The Tea, now in its tenth year, will raise scholarship funds for college-bound public high school students in the District of Columbia.

Each year, PIEF awards over $20,000 scholarships to exceptional, college-bound high school students. To date, PIEF has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to hundreds of DC college-bound students. “For the past decade, the Pink Hat Tea has allowed us to make a profound impact on the lives of students graduating from District of Columbia public high schools by providing them with scholarships to the colleges of their choice and mentoring them throughout their years in school. Many of these students are the first in their families to attend college,” said April Gaines-Jernigan, PIEF and Xi Omega President.

Last year, the 9th Annual Pink Hat Tea raised $45,000, allowing PIEF and Xi Omega to award 30 scholarships. Twelve of the 2018 scholarships went to students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The annual Pink Hat Tea is a festive gathering that brings together more than 700 members of Washington’s social and philanthropic community to raise scholarship monies and support a worthy cause. This year’s Tea will feature a live hat show, silent auction, and vendor marketplace.

Established in 1988, the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation provides scholarships to deserving college-bound high school students and continuing college students in the District of Columbia. PIEF is comprised of college-educated, professional women – dedicated community volunteers who have pledged themselves to serving the needs of District residents. PIEF serves as the fundraising arm of its sister organization, the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,® through which it provides community grants. For more information, visit

Xi Omega Chapter is the oldest and largest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Washington, DC. Established in 1923, the chapter has a membership of more than 500 professional women, who serve the District and surrounding communities. Xi Omega’s signature service programs focus on HBCU 4 Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts, and Global Impact. These programs are the cornerstone of the AKA international theme, “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.” For more information, visit
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