The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Delta Omega Omega Chapter, will present the 50th Debutante Cotillion Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Precious Pearls Radiating Golden Beauty.”

The cotillion ball is steered by Debutante Cotillion Tri-Chairmen are Commeka Goodloe, Michaela Howard, and Lavatia Wooten.

According to Chairman Commeka Goodloe, there will be 45 “outstanding young women from Pine Bluff and surrounding cities who will be formally introduced to society.”

The young women will be presented with their personal accomplishments and ambitions noted. This presentation of young women into society has been one of the major activities for the Delta Omega Omega Chapter.

“The Tri Chairman are especially excited because it is the golden anniversary of the ball,” a news release said. “The first Debutante Cotillion Ball was held 50 years ago at Hestand Stadium and to-date, hundreds of young women have participated in the annual event.”

According to Chairman Michaela Howard, “Over the last three months, the debutantes have participated in numerous social, cultural, academic, health and community service projects.”

The presenters this year are Dr. Roy Burrell and Attorney Keidra Burrell, according to Chairman Lavatia Wooten.

Dr. Roy Burrell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to arriving in Arkansas, Burrell received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of New Orleans. He later furthered his education by attending Howard University in Washington D.C., where he trained to become a physician’s assistant.

After working for a year he realized his true calling was to become a physician. He returned to medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. He completed his medical degree in 2008 and pursued a 5-year residency in Orthopedic Surgery at LSUHSC. Lastly, he attended the Orthopedic Research of Virginia where he completed a sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery fellowship.

“Burrell has a passion for helping people through the talents the Lord has bestowed on him,” the news release said. “So when he is not replacing knees or putting people back together, he truly enjoys working with young athletes.”

Having played sports and accepting an academic scholarship over a football scholarship, he has a passion for sports and student athletes. Burrell spends his Fridays on the sidelines of the Pine Bluff High School Zebras, mentoring young men, serving as a role model and helping manage their medical injuries. Since the move to Arkansas, Burrell has served on several committees at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He is currently a current board member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and Fifty for the Future.

“In addition to his medical commitments, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports and music. Whether it is time on the boat with the kids and wife at Lake Hamilton or in the deer woods with his daughter, it is always time well spent,” the news release said.

Attorney Keidra Burrell is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida, with a Bachelors of Art degree in International Science with a Spanish concentration. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Her work experience includes Duestch, Kerrigan and Stiles of New Orleans and Lemle and Kelleher, also of New Orleans, prior to being appointed to chief legal counsel for the Department of Environmental Quality in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“She has committed much of her time to public service,” according to the news release. In that release, Burrell said, “Upon moving to Pine Bluff, I fell in love with the city and have spent lots of my time focusing on moving the city forward.” Presently, she serves as assistant to Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington.

Burrell serves on the following boards and commissions: Airport Commission; CASA Board of Director; Court Appointed Child Advocate to Voices for Children and the United Way Board of Directors.

“She has a passion for the youth in the community and to address the issues and concerns that youth are facing today, she has opened two preschools, The Audubon School in Pine Bluff and one in New Orleans,” the news release said.

“She enjoys spending time outdoors on the water and sharing time with family and friends. Attorney Burrell and husband Dr. Roy Burrell have two children. My children are the joy of my life.”

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