The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women will present its annual Scholarship Fashion Show and Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Marikka Bender and Monique Benford are the event’s co-chairwomen. Mary Brentley is the president of the Pine Bluff Branch and Joyce Bracy Vaughan is the vice president.

The purpose of the annual brunch and fashion show fundraiser is to support scholarships.

“Come join us for an exciting show of dance, theater, fashion and music. We are expecting to have a full house to help support this scholarship fund-raising event,” a spokeswoman said in a news release.

The fashion show commentator will be Margarette Williams, president and chief executive officer of LEAPS Initiatives LLC of Pine Bluff, where the primary business, Ephesus Christian Bookstore, opened in February 1985.

Williams is married to Lewis Williams and is the mother of two daughters, Marceinia Peoples and Lyska Dilworth. She is a teacher, lecturer, author and motivational speaker, according to the release.

A Christian, Williams is a consultant for church growth and transformation in the areas of leadership, teaching, and ministry. For 16 years, she has served as director of education ministries at New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church at Pine Bluff.

Williams is a writer for Sunday School Lessons at the Sunday School Publishing Board at Nashville, Tennessee, and the National Women’s Auxiliary Mission Lessons. Her published articles have been featured in several Christian publications across the National Baptist Convention.

Etta Kuykendall, a member of NAUW, assists with the models and boutiques for the fashion show. The event will feature high fashions from local boutiques such as Captured Moments, DC De Zigns, Dillard’s, Drucilla’s, Father and Sons Clothier, Fox Trot Jewelry, Heritage Fashion Boutique, Inspirations By Love Jones, Paparazzi Jewelry, Preppy Chicks, Trammell’s Boutique.

“Harlem Renaissance” is the theme of this year’s annual event.

“The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920’s. It was considered to be a rebirth of African-American arts and culture,” according to the release.

The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women was founded by the late Katie B. Jackson Pierre on Feb. 8, 1945, with 15 charter members at Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), according to the release.

“During the past 71 years, the Pine Bluff Branch has committed itself to planning, devising, and organizing activities for enrichment in education, civic affairs, and human relations,” according to the release.

Debra Yarbrough is the south central sectional director. Evelyn L. Wright of Los Angeles, California, is the national president.

Tickets can be purchased from any NAUW member. Details: Mary Brentley, at 870-267-2540, or email at