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Cotillion~Beautillion Program

In collaboration with Fortitude Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization established in partnership with the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter (GCAC) to serve as the foremost resource to house, facilitate, and foster community service programs in Gwinnett County, we are pleased to present our Cotillion~Beautillion Program. The Cotillion~Beautillion is our premier cultural biennial event to prepare young men and women at the threshold of adulthood to assume their place in society by introducing them to educational, social, and cultural graces while preparing them for service.

History of GCAC’s Cotillion~Beautillion

A Cotillion~Beautillion is a formal presentation of young ladies (debutantes) and a rite of passage for young men (beaus) that mark their coming of age. The Cotillion~Beautillion Ball is the culmination of a nine month program focused on self-awareness, social development, and a heightened sense of personal and civic responsibility.

The Cotillion Program was introduced to
GCAC by Soror Latabia Woodward and has been our premier fundraiser to finance the chapter’s public service initiatives and scholarships to deserving college bound students in the Gwinnett County community. In an effort to distinguish our Cotillion Program from others throughout the state of Georgia, Sorors Traci Bahsoon and Jameka Reese Blackmon led the charge to add the Beautillion component to include young men in the program in the summer of 2009. The members of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority embraced this change and the Cotillion~Beautillion Program was conceived.

Criteria for Selecting Participants

Rising juniors or seniors who have demonstrated exemplary moral standards, academic achievement, leadership ability, community and school involvement, plan to attend a post-secondary institution, and have a grade point average of 2.0 or better will be eligible for consideration as a prospective member of the Cotillion~Beautillion Court.

Objectives of the Cotillion~Beautillion

The Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority strives to bring value to the greater Gwinnett community, workforce, and society by enhancing the lives of the debutantes and beaus through exemplary programs, preparation techniques, pursuit of personal and scholarly excellence, and commitment to service to the greater Gwinnett community. Cotillion~Beautillion participants are given the opportunity to participate in a nine month program consisting of personal development seminars in the areas of financial management, relationship development, effective communication, dining/social etiquette, and networking. In addition, debutantes and beaus are charged with giving back to the community by participating in local community service activities. The participants will have an opportunity to exchange information, establish camaraderie, reinforce bonds of friendship, build personal character, and have an invaluable experience that they will use as a foundation for lifelong achievement. The Cotillion~Beautillion Program will be committed to reinforcing parental values, promoting responsible citizenship, and community activism. The program will develop well-rounded initiatives for young men and women that will build oneness while respecting and enhancing the unique individualism of every debutante and beau. GCAC strives to produce a more confident, critically aware individual who challenges society to develop viable solutions to its ills while promoting empowerment, leadership, and personal accountability through mentorship. Ultimately, the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta anticipates that parents of Cotillion~Beautillion participants, the greater Gwinnett community, the workplace, and society as a whole will benefit from the development of the young men and women who have participated in the GCAC Cotillion~Beautillion program.

The 2017 – 2018 Cotillion~Beautillion Application is now available available. Your completed application must be electronically submitted by March 31, 2017.

If additional information is needed, please contact the Cotillion~Beautillion committee via email at cobeau@gwinnettdst.org or (678) 318-1831.


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