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Tau Delta Zeta Laurel chapter celebrates 10th anniversary

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. —Tau Delta Zeta Chapter celebrated 10 years of service in Northern Prince George's County at a gala April 20 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Chartered on April 10, 2003 in Laurel, the chapter began with 11 business women and now boasts nearly 60 members.

Implementing Zeta Phi Beta's national service initiative, Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel), the chapter has provided a variety of services within Prince George's County including blood drives and bone marrow drives; panel discussions on domestic violence; adoption of a room at the Family Crisis Center; get-out-the-vote initiatives; school supplies to six Prince George's County schools; and scholarships to deserving college-bound students. The chapter also sponsors a youth group, Archonette Club, that mentors teen girls and prepares them for leadership.

The celebration theme, Celebrating a Decade of Dedication and Distinction, honored the 11 charter members of Tau Delta Zeta as well as organizations that have partnered with Zetas to serve the community, including Be The Match Foundation, Family Crisis Center of Prince George's County, March of Dimes, Sisters4Sisters Inc. and Southern Management Corporation.

Scholarships were awarded to Ciarrah Pierre, a student at Charles H. Flowers High; Amber Duncan, who attends Friendly High School; and Maya Perry, a Bowie High School student. Additionally, a $500 contribution was made to Southern Management's Rising Star Scholarship Fund in honor of the 11 charter members.

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