Members of the Ivy Pearl Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at a fundraiser cruise to bolster its college scholarship giveaway. Photo by Wyvette Hoffman

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The Ivy Pearl Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, raised some $8,000 Sept. 28 at its annual fundraiser, “Cruising for a Pink and Green Cause.”

Nearly 300 people sailed from Navy Pier on The Spirit of Chicago for a two-hour cruise that included food, entertainment and a raffle. Proceeds will help 2020 Evanston Township High School graduates pay for college, based on their academic record and community service involvement.

“This is the Evanston community and their guests affirming the importance of a college education,” said co-chairs Katawna Tyler and Sydni Craig.  “We want to take a little of the financial burden off our young people so they can focus on academics to the fullest.”

In addition to the Ivy Pearl Scholarship Fund, the cruise raised money for Pink Goes Red Heart Health Initiative, Evanston Community Soup Kitchen and other local initiatives. The foundation has raised more than $200,000 in scholarships for Evanston area students since 2002.