JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – The Top Hat Brunch sounds like a high brow affair, but it's not just about sipping champagne.
The 100 Black Women of Central Mississippi raise their hats and big bucks to advance educational opportunities in the African American community.
Cameras were rolling at the Marriott Hotel in Jackson as the members of the Central Mississippi strutted their stuff on the runway all to raise funds to education young minds.
The 19th annual "Top Hat Brunch" is a fun and exciting way show off unique styles in almost every color of the rainbow.
This year's theme is All That Hat Jazz.
"We have celebrity toasters. This year's toasters are the area mayors from Vicksburg, Canton and Crystal Springs," said event publicity chairperson Maggie Terry Harper.
M. C.'s Katrina Myrick and Othor Cain introduced the ladies who were judged in six categories, including Diva, Jackie O, Ashanti or Afro centric and Sister Coretta the church lady.
From giant tiers of material to animal prints, some stunning hats were on display.
It's all done with a purpose.
"We're an advocacy group of ladies who address the needs of the community through education, health as well as economics," said Harper.
The group's year round efforts collect up to $30,000.00 annually in college tuition.
"We present ten $1,000.00 scholarships to high school graduating senior girls, and we also take pride in saying that we mentor the fifth grade girls at French Elementary School," added the publicity chairman.
Scholarship recipients must commit to attending an historically black college or university.
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