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About the Pearl Foundation, Inc.

The Pearl Foundation, Inc., an affiliate of Theta Alpha Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Long Beach), is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. In existence since 1992, the Pearl Foundation, Inc. addresses issues facing our communities with specific emphasis on our young people. Signature programs have included Awards Programs to celebrate outstanding student academic achievement with scholarships and to recognize community leaders whose work supports the mission and goals of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and leadership development programs at the middle and high school levels.

The Pearl Foundation, Inc. is an IRS approved 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The Pearl Foundation, Inc. will continue its fund raising projects throughout the year on behalf of the Scholarship Program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Alpha Omega Chapter. Proceeds from our various fund raising efforts will benefit our annual scholarship program for college bound students and implementation of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. initiatives in our target communities.

Our Mission Statement

The Pearl Foundation, Inc.’s Mission is to sponsor projects that benefit the underserved in the greater Long Beach, Carson, Compton, San Pedro and Wilmington communities.

Our Vision Statement

The Pearl Foundation, Inc. will continue to be a successful collaborator with community service organizations, other non-profits and corporations to enhance the lives of the communities we serve.

Our Value Statement

The Pearl Foundation values ethical and fiduciary responsibilities.


The Pearl Foundation, Inc. is comprised of members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha Omega Chapter, who are college-trained, African American women. Their backgrounds and experiences cover a variety of disciplines including technology, medicine, dentistry, law, engineering, marketing, education, nonprofit, public policy, etc. They donate their time and expertise to develop creative and innovative programs for the Foundation, while also leveraging partnerships with individuals, businesses and government to further the mission of the organization.

Our Leadership


Dorothy Harper- Chairman
Velma Spears-Penn- Vice Chairman
Gloria D. Hughes- Treasurer
Bertha Sightler- Financial Secretary
Tommie Callegari- Recording Secretary
Clarice Kavanaugh- Corresponding Secretary

Board of Directors:

Iris Catchings
Minnie Douglas
Terri Dyer
Dorothy Emery
Gloria Falls
Carol Ferns
Cavon Freeny-Brown
Vernessie Green-Horn
Lillian Griffin
Abigail Hooker
Doris Kennedy
Annette Little
Erin McRae
Rosalind Morgan
Geraldine Perry
Gladys Storey
Jazlyn Turner
Joanne Williams-Lozoya
Lisa Young

Honorary Members:

Castella Albright
Rhonda Dowdy
Gloria Y. Hughes
June Riley
Barbara Robinson
Mary Washington

In Memoriam:

Doris Kendrick
Tomasita Spann

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The Pearl Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 7073
Long Beach, CA 90807