Last updated: August 15. 2014 3:47PM - 599 Views
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A local sorority chapter will host a community cook off on Lafayette Square on Aug. 23 to raise funds for community projects and scholarships for area students.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Theta Xi Omega chapter has organized fundraisers annually since the local chapter was incorporated in 1967. This year, the group’s fundraising committee met and brainstormed ideas, which lead to something new - a couples’ cook off.

“We have never had this event before, but when we decided on the cook off we were looking for something different and fun,” said Benita Epps, president of Theta Xi Omega Chapter.

Participants will have the opportunity to prepare a meat and side dish of their choice. Epps said the group is expecting a “smorgasbord” of foods and there will be sodas, water and music available on the square as well for a festive atmosphere for attendees, who will vote on the contestants’ foods.

The sorority will use funds raised at the event to award at least four scholarships, one in each county it serves - Troup, Coweta, Meriwether and Harris - but it may give more depending on funds raised. Scholarships are awarded to female high school seniors who complete an application.

Applicants are evaluated on their community involvement, grade point average and need for financial assistance. They must submit two letters of recommendation from school counselors, teachers or administrators and interviewed.

The cook off will be on Lafayette Square Aug, 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and ages for attendees under 3 are free. Each couple will be judged via ballot by those attending the cook-off. The winning couple will be awarded a prize of $75 based on the results of the votes cast.

Anyone interested in competing or purchasing tickets should contact any member of Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, call 706-333-1972 or email benitaepps@yahoo.com. Tickets will also be available the day of the event on the square.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is a Greek-lettered sorority that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. in 1908. It has become an international organization with hundreds of chapters across the United States and abroad. Theta Xi Omega is the local chapter and part of it mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards.

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