Anything called a “champagne sip” is bound to be fun. Add a buffet, fast-paced fashion show and a dance and you’ve got a great evening.
The Zeta Amicaes, a local support group for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, started the scholarship benefit party six years ago and it has grown from fewer than 100 people to selling out the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. In fact, Saturday night’s event at the auditorium attracted an overflowing crowd who watched from the balcony.
Shirley Brewer’s day job is at Meals on Wheels PLUS, but her real calling is fashion coordinator for Blaze Productions. She kept the energy high with her commentary and her group of models strutted the runway with well-choreographed style and attitude. The crowd rocked the rafters with deafening applause and shouts of approval for the show.
Camille Searles chaired the fundraiser and emcee Norma Johnson kept the program moving along. Of course, bottles of bubbly are required at a champagne sip and Shelia Bowden was kept busy popping the corks.
Zeta Amicae president Susan Stubbs, local Zeta Phi Beta chapter president Gladys Houston, Ruth Jenkins and Joyce Kerce were seen in the crowd.
The models included Aretha James and her daughter, Tiki, Kim Strong-Cox and Shirley’s nephew, Cory Bennett.