Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington will be the keynote speaker for the Gamma Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Scholarship and Community Services Banquet.


On Jan. 1, Washington became the first African-American woman to be Pine Bluff mayor.


The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Wyndham Hotel at North Little Rock. Gamma Nu presents the banquet to raise funds for scholarships and programs.


The banquet will be held during the Gamma Nu Chapter ‘s Southern Region Executive Board Meeting at the Wyndham April 21-23.


Members of Eta Phi Beta will also participate in the annual “Taking it to the Streets” event. This year, members will fill gently used purses with personal items and donate them to the Dorcas House, a local women’s shelter.


Eta Phi Beta is a national non-profit business and professional women’s organization dedicated to improving the quality of life by providing educational opportunities and community service programs for professional and business women, senior citizens, teen/single parents, and developmentally disabled individuals, according to a press release.


The chapter’s goal this year is to provide at least two scholarships to deserving young women.


“Financial support will also be used to assist in continuing their efforts to fund their principal project which is services for intellectually and developmentally disabled citizens and other community projects supported by the local chapter,” according to the press release.


The banquet is open to the public and tickets are $50. Details: Dorothy Oliver, chapter president, 870-850-0107. Contributions may also be made to Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Gamma Nu Chapter, P.O. Box 46305, Little Rock, AR, 72204-9998.