About Us

Classic Pearls Incorporated is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was established by Phi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in May 2011. The non-profit affiliate of Phi Iota Omega was established to increase the positive impact that our organization has on our local community. The purpose of the Classic Pearls is primarily to provide charitable and educational opportunities to the citizens of the metropolitan Birmingham community. The organization endeavors to award scholarships to eligible students that will assist them with the payment of tuition and fees incurred in the pursuit of higher education. We also provide donations, educational experiences through workshops and assist with feeding and clothing the less fortunate residents in our community. We are funded by our members, donations from the community, fundraiser(s) benefitting the organization, and grants from our corporate partners.

Phi Iota Omega chapter has been a part of the Birmingham community since December 1999 and established a strong record of service through its programs that included partnering with Aletheia House (Back to Work Program and Suit Drive), partnering in education at North Birmingham Elementary School, working with Better Basics on the Motivators of Reading Enrichment (M.O.R.E.) Program, feeding the homeless and less fortunate at Firehouse Shelter, First Light, and Pathways, providing scholarships to high school seniors annually and numerous other programs over the years. Expanding our efforts by establishing the non-profit allows us to do more with the support of our community and collaborative partners as we continue to be of service to all mankind in the greater Birmingham metropolitan area.

Our Team

Board of Directors


Rena Ramsey 


Bobbie Datcher


Erika Hill


LaKeesha Gray


Cynthia Holiness

Financial Secretary

Subrena Cox


Valaida Gentry


Betty Wells 

PIO President

Ashley Weaver

PIO Vice-President

Bobbie Datcher

PIO Treasurer

Cherelle Carrington

Audit Chairman

Pamela S. Davis

Scholarship Chairman

Tameka Abrams-Crum

Special Project Chairman

Shaesa Lewis

Communications Chairman

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