The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) will present its annual Scholarship Fashion Show and Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Pine Bluff “Where Some of Your Dreams Can Come True” is the theme for the scholarship, fund-raising event. The community is invited to attend the show of dance, theater, fashion and music. Tickets are $30 each or $240 for a table of eight, according to a news release.
The production will feature high fashions from local boutiques such as Style Invy, Classy and Sassy Boutique, A Joy, Father and Sons Clothier, Heritage Fashion Boutique, Captured Moments, Trammell’s Boutique, Drucilla’s, Jordyn’z Klozet and POSH Formal.
The fashion coordinator is Etta Kuykendall, a retired educator and member of NAUW. She will assist models and boutiques for the fashion show. James Horton will render the music.
Bonita Corbin, Mary Liddell and Amanda Wells are the event’s tri-chairs.
Corbin has been a member of the Pine Bluff branch for 20 years. She was the member of the year in 2017, served as treasurer and financial secretary. She currently serves on the 2020 National Day Committee, Black History/International Day, courtesy, and bylaws committees, according to the release.
Wells has been a member of Pine Bluff branch for 19 years. She was financial secretary and chaired the internal audit committee. She also serves as the Pine Bluff branch photographer and a member of South Central Section of the National Association of University Women By-laws committee.
Liddell is president emeritus of the NAUW Pine Bluff branch from 2013-2017. As president, her focus was on building relationships with other organizations. She was member of the year in 2016, vice president from 2011-2013 and treasurer from 2017-2019. Liddell is the single parent chairperson on the NAUW South Central level and co-chair of the fund-raising committee on the NAUW National Level.
Valecia Ootsey Walker-Marshall will be the mistress of ceremony of the scholarship event and is president emeritus and a charter member of the NAUW Little Rock Metro Branch. She is the district account executive at Renaissance Learning. She is married to Donald Marshall.
Jackie and Letrece Harris will be the commentators for the fashion show.
Jackie B. Harris is a partner with the law firm of McKissic & Associates, PLLC. Jackie Harris served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association (2010-2014) and was appointed to the House Advisory Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association in June 2011. He currently serves as legal counsel for two municipalities, several corporate clients and one public school district. Jackie Harris spent 12 seasons playing tight end for several NFL teams including the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected as an All-Pro after the 1993 season and finished his playing career after the 2001 season with almost 400 receptions.
Raised in Pine Bluff, he is married to the former Letrece Scott of De Ridder, La. and they have three sons: Jackie Jr., Joshua, and Jonathan. He is executive pastor at New Fellowship Baptist Church at Pine Bluff.
Letrece Harris is chairman and founder of WHOLEROLL LLC, an online business she launched in 2016 which offers organic bath tissue and home products. In 2016 she was selected to be a part of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp., where she was trained and certified as a leader to educate others on the many aspects of the climate change crisis. Letrece Harris is the author of “In Position-God’s Plan Your Path to Destiny.” In 2007, she was presented with a Senate Citation by former Sen. Henry Hank Wilkins for her inspirational teaching ministry on the Victory Television Network that was broadcast in four states.
At the University of Louisiana Monroe, Letrece Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in toxicology and environmental science. Letrece Harris is a member of New Fellowship Baptist Church where she serves as the youth director, children’s church leader, women’s ministry director, WMU director, administrative committee member and sings with the praise team.
Members of the 2019 Brunch and Fashion Show Committee are Josephine Adams, Veronica Alexander, Jerlene Alley, Bobbie Bridges, Corbin, Pam Chesson, Maxine Doolittle, Earnestine Grant, Mary Grant, Alice Horton, Deluncie Jackson, Kuykendall, Liddell, Sharon Nicholson, Tina Owens, Janice L. Roberts, Eunita Seal, Varnell Wallace, Wells, Bettye J. Williams, Carolyn Williams, Kimberly Williams, Winnie Wilson, and Arlene Woody.
The Pine Bluff Branch of the National Association of University Women was founded by the late Katie B. Jackson Pierre on Feb. 8, 1945, at Arkansas AM&N College (now UAPB).
Joyce Bracy Vaughan is the branch president and Nicole Bates vice president.
The purpose of the annual brunch and fashion show fundraiser is to support scholarships.
Tickets are $30 each or $240 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased by calling 870-643-2383 or sending an email to email@example.com or contact either Corbin or Wells.