In 1985, Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter presented the first DeKalb County Debutante Cotillion for young African American women as an annual fundraiser. The goals of the Cotillion were Scholarship, Cultural & Social Training, Cultural Awareness, Proper Etiquette, Educational/Financial Information, & Community Service. In later years, Sub-Debutantes were added as participants in the Cotillion. This enabled the chapter to broaden its reach of the young women on the threshold of adulthood using similar goals established for the Debutantes.
In 2003 the Forever Pink Foundation (formerly the Lambda Epsilon Omega Foundation) was incorporated with the Debutante Cotillion being its primary fundraiser to support the Foundation’s goal of serving the community through scholarship, support of the arts, and educational advancement. Since 1985, over $500,000 in scholarships have been awarded to our participants.
Over the last twenty-six years the Foundation has enriched the lives of young women and young men by providing over $575,000 in scholarships and over $125,000 in grants that support the arts, education, breast cancer education, educational partnerships with Toney and Leslie J. Steele Elementary (now Ronald Mc Nair Academy), and currently with Chapel Hill Middle School, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), National Council for Negro Women (NCNW), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to name a few.