adia_pasha_2.jpgMembers of the public can join members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) for two major weekend events celebrating women. The Zeta Rho Omega Chapter will host its 2013 Top Hat Salute to Women of Achievement Award luncheon on Saturday, March 9 in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter will salute the sorority’s legacy that spans more than a century with its Sunday, March 10 Founders Day luncheon in Miami.

— Saturday’s Top Hat Salute’s honorees will include Alia Pasha, who chairs the International League of Muslim Women South Florida Chapter’s Social Service Committee. Among the league’s signature service efforts is their annual “Shop ’Til You Drop Day” which unites interdenominational volunteers to provide, at no cost, needed personal items for women living in homeless shelters, battered women’s houses or in shelters for recovery from addiction.

Other chapter service activities have included the “Grandmother–Mother–Daughter Luncheon” that honors pioneering women and outstanding students, and winter blanket or coat drives for people who are homeless or otherwise in need.

The Top Hat Salute to Women of Achievement Award luncheon will take place at 12 noon, March 9  at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 400 Corporate Dr., Fort Lauderdale. A Top Hat Women’s Roundtable discussion on women’s issues will take place immediately prior to the luncheon from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $70; for more information call 954-587-2456 or email

— On Sunday the Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter will salute the sorority’s 105th anniversary as the first and oldest black sorority in the United States, and its legacy of service and sisterhood, with a Founders Day luncheon featuring Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson.

Wilson, a Democrat whose district spans parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Wilson is a former president of the chapter and previously served internationally as regional director.

The Founders Day luncheon will be held at 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1611 N. Bayshore Dr. in downtown Miami. Tickets are $50. Valet and self-parking is $13; additional parking at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is $5.

Vegetarian menu requests are available. For more information email, or visit the chapter’s Facebook page or website,

*Pictured above is Alia Pasha.