As early as 1940, the Zeta Phi Beta graduate chapters began to realize the importance of prestige, good will and cooperation of women in the community who, for various reasons do not possess college degrees but believe in the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta. Adhering to this need, the sorority decided to form the Zeta Amicae Auxiliary in 1948. Amicae is a Latin word for “friend.” The purpose of the Zeta Amicae Auxiliary is to lend assistance to Zeta activity, make non-Greek women feel closer to the program of a Greek-Letter organization and assure more cooperation in community projects that are sponsored by Zetas.
The Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches, are well underway planning their inaugural signature fundraiser, “HATS & BOW TIES” with Zeta Amicae. This event is slated for Saturday, May 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the beautiful, new Chateau Saint Denis hotel; located just in the heart of Natchitoches’ historic district. Prior to the event, tickets will be $40 and $45 the day of. Proceeds will go to the National Educational Foundation whose mission is to support higher education through scholarships, conduct community education programs, and related research to improve individual and community living standards.
This will be a Kentucky Derby influenced event, where local celebrities such as radio personalities, politicians, pastors, area businessman and coaches will be featured as the “derby horses.” The main event will be THE DERBY RACE where guests will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets towards the “horse” they expect to win. The ‘celebrity derby horse’ will select a catchy name for himself and the winner will be rewarded with a garland of roses.
No derby is complete without a cool glass of Mint Julep! There will be a photo booth with props, decadent cocktails, derby-inspired games and festivities. Women will dress to impress, embracing their inner Southerner with bold separates, spring floral dresses, and that derby hat to showcase her style and beauty. Men in attendance will be polished, but colorful; in bright pastels, busy plaid, Seersucker blazers, bow ties and Fedoras. There will be prizes awarded to the best dressed male, best dressed female, most creative hat, and best dressed couple.
If you would like to participate as one of our featured horses, contest judges, or purchase tickets, call 318.652.3141 or 318.609.2045.