The Ebony Pearls Foundation is the financial arm of Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Jackson Mississippi with Presidents Linda Gater and Kimberly Russ-Smith, PhD., respectively. The Calendar Girl Cotillion is an annual event and is a culmination of a three months training program in which the young women engaged in leadership development workshops, etiquette sessions, community service, social activities, and events that inspired volunteerism, community service, and cultural awareness. The mission of the foundation includes enhancing the quality of life in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties by providing access to necessary resources.
In the past three years, the organization has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors. The scholarship recipients, which number more than 100 recipients since its inception, have gone on to become engineers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers, and other successful professionals.