Annual Event

Luncheon & Runway Show
Thank you for your support.
See you all in 2018!

Community Service

The members of The Pearls of Distinction Foundation are committed to service efforts that seek to enrich and enhance the communities in which they live and work.

Scholarships & Awards

The POD Foundation, in partnership with Iota Tau Omega Chapter, awards scholarships and book awards each year to exceptional graduating high school seniors.

The Foundation

The Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Tau Omega Chapter established in order to expand and leverage the Chapter’s resources to increase its impact in the local communities.

Board Directors

Olympia Mitchell
President

Roberta G. Torian
Vice President

Tracy L. Wise
Secretary

Sara Jones Reeder
Treasurer

Letitia H. Shaw
Financial Secretary

Karen Stanton Bell
Board Director

Deanne Butcher
Board Director

Audrey L. Conway
Board Director

Yolanda George Turman
Board Director

Vevelyn Webb
Board Director

Foundation History

The Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc. (PODF), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax exempt, publicly supported organization incorporated in 2015. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible according to the tax code.

The Foundation began operations in January of 2016. The organization is the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Tau Omega Chapter (ITO) which has successfully served the greater Chester County community for more than 40 years. The basis of the Foundation’s service offerings to the community lies in established, successful chapter programs including education, health, family strengthening, economics, and leadership development.

Mission & Purpose

The mission of The Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc. is to encourage academic excellence, support youths in need, contribute to the improvement of the health of the community in general, promote the advancement of leadership development, support initiatives for a cleaner environment, and support the economic empowerment of families.

The Foundation is a public charity organized exclusively for charitable, faith-based, educational, and/or scientific purposes, including making distributions to other charitable entities that qualify as an exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Community Programs of Service & Events

The members of The Pearls of Distinction Foundation are committed to service efforts that seek to enrich and enhance the communities in which they live and work.

Community Service

+ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service ~ The Pearls of Distinction Foundation provided financial support and worked with the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Tau Omega Chapter to promote the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. by engaging in volunteer community service activities on this Day of Service. To commemorate this annual event, members actively participated in a variety of projects, helping to prepare and serve food, reading stories to little children, engaging in social justice discussions with our youth, registering volunteers, and collecting donated food items

Education

+ Established new STEM Scholarship ~ The PODF sponsored a sold-out, premier showing of “Hidden Figures,” the intriguing, fact-based, story about three members of AKA Sorority, Inc., who as NASA “human computers”, changed the world and helped place a man on the moon. Proceeds from the event will support a STEM Scholarship for a 2017 graduating high school senior.

+ Women and Investing Workshop ~ Along with Nationwide Insurance and Iota Tau Omega Chapter, the Foundation sponsored a free financial workshop for women to share essential financial tools to help those beginning think about retirement and those seeking better ways to manage post retirement options.

Family Strengthening

+ Chester County Food Bank ~ The Foundation, in partnership with the Chapter, provides non-perishable food and gift cards to help alleviate hunger in our communities.

Health

+ The Foundation sponsored the “Pink Goes Red” Community Health Fair in Support of the American Heart Association’s efforts to promote good heart health. The event, presented in conjunction with Iota Tau Omega Chapter, Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, and the health ministries of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, included guest speakers, blood pressure and BMI screenings, dental hygiene and nutritional information.

Environmental Ownership

+ In an effort to promote environmentally safe, sound, and healthy communities, a healthy environment in our community, ITO and the Foundation partnered to cleanup and enhance a local community playground** by planting flowers and shrubs, painting signs, and generally sprucing up the play area for our children.

Scholarship Program

The POD Foundation, in partnership with Iota Tau Omega Chapter, awards scholarships and book awards each year to exceptional graduating high school seniors primarily residing in Chester County, as well as returning college students from Chester County. In 2016, scholarships were awarded to seven (7) high schools students representing five (5) area public and private high schools.

Scholarship & Awards

Chapter Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and who have demonstrated involvement in community service programs.

The Carol J. Butcher Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who have maintained a minimum 2.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, who declare a major in Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, or a related field, and who have demonstrated community service involvement.

STEM Scholarship Awards are granted to students have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, declare a major in one of the STEM fields, and have demonstrated community service involvement.

HBCU Continuing Education Book Awards are granted to (one each) to students currently attending Cheyney University and Lincoln University who are in good academic standing at their respective university.

Community Assistance Awards

The Pearls of Distinction Foundation provides Community Assistance Awards to organizations that meet the core values of our organization. Thus far in 2017, the following organizations have received financial support:

The Chester County Community Foundation: Stanley’s Dream FoundationThe Music School of DelawareThe Charles A. Melton Arts and Education CenterThe American Heart AssociationMaternal and Child Health consortiumThe Chester County Food BankThe Women’s Domestic Violence Center

Spotlight on Community Agency Award

Each year, a like-minded organization is recognized at the Foundation’s major fundraiser, Runway Show and Luncheon held in September, and is presented with a financial award. The Spotlight organization in 2016 was the Chester County Children, Youth, and Families Department. This organization also benefited from the chapter’s Seasonal Wraps program where children and youth received new warm coats, scarves, hats, mittens, and other winter wear.

Application Process

The application process is closed for the 2017 year. However, the process will reopen in January 2018 for students graduating in June of that year.

Tickets - $65

(plus a $2.50 convenience fee)

Proceeds benefit the Foundation's scholarship & community service projects

2017 Souvenir Journal Form

(Ad Space Available)

By taking an ad in our souvenir journal, your business/organization will benefit from prime exposure at our event. Please refer to the attached Journal Ad Form to view your ad options.

Venue

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Hotel
260 Mall Boulevard, King Of Prussia, PA 19406
(877) 270-1393

Your Support is Vital to Our Success!

The Pearls of Distinction Foundation succeeds through the generosity of friends, corporate and community partners, and sponsors such as you. Your generous contribution make it possible for PODF to positively impact the community through its Programs of Service platform.

There are many options available to support the work of the Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc. to sustain our scholarship and community service programs.

Individual Donations
Individuals are our biggest supporters. Your tax deductible donation helps us to be of service to all mankind.

Pearl Partners Giving Levels

Pink Pearl
$1,501 and above

Classic Pearl
$1,001 - $1,500

Exotic Pearl
$501 - $1,000

Freshwater Pearl
$5 - $500

Corporate Giving
Forming a strategic partnership with the Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc. is an ideal pathway for your company to achieve its philanthropic goals. Contact the Foundation to learn more about the benefits of corporate giving or to learn more about the Foundation.

Matching Gifts
Company matching gifts can double your donations to the Pearls of Distinction Foundation, Inc. Check with your company’s charitable foundation or Human Resources Department to determine if this is an option and to obtain the required documentation.

Gifts in Honor or Memorial
You can share the gift of giving if you choose to make a tax-deductible contribution in honor or memory of a loved one, friend, or co-worker. Once you provide the name and address of the person, your honoree will receive a special notification from the PODF, letting him/her know that you have made a gift in his/her name. Your gift made in someone’s memory will be acknowledged to the name and address of the individual(s), family, organization, or friends you indicate.

Contact Us