The 37th Pink Ice Gala will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 in the Cantey and Goodman Buildings on the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, South Carolina. The Pink Ice Gala is a premier fundraising event that occurs annually on the fourth Friday in January. The City of Columbia event statistics indicate that Pink Ice Gala is one of the largest single events held in the city with anticipated attendance for this year of 3,650. The buildings at the SC State Fairgrounds are transformed into elegant ballrooms providing an atmosphere conducive to networking, fellowship, and enjoyment.
The success of the Pink Ice Gala fundraising stems from the avid support of sponsors coupled with our member’s responsibility for ticket sales. The event is sold out annually eliminating the need for general admission ticketing. Through our fundraising efforts, we can impact the Greater Columbia area by enhancing lives and communities through diverse programs initiatives, volunteerism, community outreach and provide scholarships. In 2018, $63,000 in scholarships were awarded to high school seniors with plans to attend an accredited college or university to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education. Additionally, in support of our international program HBCU for Life: A Call to Action three $1,908 scholarships were provided to Benedict College, Allen University and South Carolina State University.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. The sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope. We are pleased to announce that two distinguished members of the sorority will bring greetings at the event this year: Mrs. Carolyn G. Randolph, the South Atlantic Regional Director, and the Honorable Kamala Harris, California United States Senator.
The Gamma Nu Omega Chapter has been providing service in Columbia, South Carolina for 77 years. The chapter was charted in February 1942 by 17 energized, sophisticated, and poised ladies. The chapter has grown to just over 200 members. We have established life-long partnerships with community leaders and public officials in our endeavor of providing service to all mankind. We will also have greetings from the City of Columbia by Mayor Steve Benjamin and Congressman James E. Clyburn, House Majority Whip, who are both ardent supporters of our mission and the gala.
The Pink Ice Gala is hosted in partnership with Gamma Nu Omega Chapter and the Pink & Green Community Service Foundation, Incorporated (P&GCSF). The P&GCSF was established in 2005 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. The Pink & Green Community Service Foundation is dedicated to community service throughout the Greater Columbia Area and is the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Nu Omega Chapter.