The Pine Bluff Branch National Association of University Women recently transported attendees to this year’s Scholarship Fashion Show and Brunch on “A Flight to Paris at Christmas.”
Passengers aboard NAUW Airlines were treated to fine dining, live entertainment and were given a glimpse of the latest designer clothes, shoes and accessories from local boutiques including Trammell’s, DC-DEZIGNZ, Heritage Boutique, Drucilla’s, D-Virtuous Divas Boutique, Captured Moments, Father and Sons Clothier, and Designer Shoes and Accessories.
As guests entered the room at the Sahara Shriners Temple, they were greeted by members of the NAUW flight crew. Georgette Wiley, associate library director at John Brown Watson Library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, served as mistress of ceremonies and guided passengers through the events on the flight itinerary.
In keeping with the holiday, Jayla Brown sang Christmas songs and James Horton played the piano to provide passengers with in-flight entertainment.
After passengers were treated to a brunch, which included turkey sausage, bacon, potatoes, quiche, French toast, fruit, coffee and juice, Trudy Redus, lead flight attendant and fashion commentator, welcomed passengers aboard and the fashion show took flight.
Models took to the runway in casual and dressy fashions from Washington, D.C. to New York, business and formal wear from London, England and lastly, the final destination, with formal wear in Paris, France.
A “Trader’s Choice” silent auction showcasing a vast array of beautiful baskets of various themes prepared by members of the Pine Bluff branch was also a part of the show.
This year’s flight commander was Alamae Harris, a local model and celebrity. Redus served as event chair. Flight attendants LaShondra Brown-Johnson, Denika Smith and Delisha Ford Morton were the co-chairs. Other NAUW Flight Committee members included Josephine Adams, Jerlean McRae Alley, Virginia Barner, Mary Brentley, Bonita Corbin, Felicia Fisher, Earnestine Grant, Mary Grant, Alice Horton, Vera Jackson, Pamela Johnson, Etta Kuykendall, Birlee Lever, Mary Liddell, Carla Meadows, Andrea McBeth, Dana Mooney, Sharon Nicholson, Tina Owens, Eunita Seals, Varnell Wallace, Amanda Wells, Wiley, and Arlene Woody.
Liddell is the branch president and Brentley is the vice president. Betty Wilkerson of Baton Rouge, La. is the South Central Sectional director. Bettye J. Williams is the national second vice president. Dolores Y. Owens of Pennsauken, N.J. is the national president.
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 on the campus of Arkansas A.M.&.N. College (now UAPB). During the past 68 years, the Pine Bluff Branch has committed itself to planning, devising, and organizing activities for enrichment in education, civic affairs and human relations. The purpose of the annual brunch and fashion show fundraiser is to support scholarships.