|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mural by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra in Downtown Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Debutantes L-R: Anya Williams, Laila Dixon, Nyah Shannon, Charity Couzens, Kemberly Nertulus and Samantha Fable.
Debutantes of the Frances J. Bright Woman’s Club were hosted for a educational multi-sensory experience on the Taste History Art & Culture Study Tours held Saturday, February 4, 2023 that traveled to West Palm Beach and Lake Worth Beach. Philanthropist and geriatric style doyenne Iris Apfel sponsored the study tour.
The historic Frances J. Bright Woman's Club (FJBWC) was established in 1958 and the debutante program began a few years later. The club is named in honor of Frances J. Bright, an African American educator who came to Delray Beach, Florida in year 1895 to teach at 'colored' school #4 located on Historic 5th Avenue in Delray Beach that was part of the Dade County School System, at that time, because Palm Beach County was not incorporated until year 1909. The leaders of this prestigious organization are esteemed African American educators, professionals, and business owners. The mission of FJBWC debutante program is to provide mentorship and help provide etiquette training for African American high school girls who are invited into the program based on academics and good character. The program also helps to raise scholarship monies for the young ladies. The 2022-2023 debutante students attend school at Atlantic Community High School, Boynton Beach Community High School and Santaluces Community High School.
|Debutantes and their mentors of the Frances J. Bright Woman’s Club were hosted for a educational multi-sensory experience on the Taste History Art & Culture Study Tours held Saturday, February 4, 2023.
“The study tour is a multi-sensory tangible experience designed for students to complement their classroom learning,” says Lori J. Durante who developed the program in a volunteer capacity and is the volunteer tour guide.
|Debutantes of the Frances J. Bright Woman's Club met former students, Ms. Trudy and Mr. Jones, (center), of the historic Osborne Schoolhouse in Lake Worth Beach.
About IRIS APFEL - A Tour Sponsor for Taste History :
philanthropist and internationally famous, Iris Apfel has had a career in
interior design for over 70 years beginning when she founded with her late husband
Carl Apfel, Old World Weavers in New
York City, which is a globally acclaimed textile design and manufacturing
company. The year was 1950, and Harry S.
Truman was the thirty-third President of the
Iris Apfel is a self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet’. A centenarian, Iris Apfel is recognizable by the distinctive fashion style of clothing and signature style of eyeglasses that she wears. Even at her current age of 101, she still works in design from luxury appliances to footwear from rugs. In the fashion world, Iris Apfel is currently featured on magazine covers showcasing her iconic style
|Lori J. Durante with Iris Apfel
http://tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com/2015/03/taste-history-hosted-culture-career-and.html https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/delray-beach/fl-drf-debutantes-0401-20150401-story.html Year 2016 http://tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-debutantes-cuisine-culture-career.html Year 2017 http://tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com/2017/04/debutantes-learn-flavor-of-art-food.html
Other supports included Macy’s and Lori J. Durante as Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty.
To schedule a study tour for your school group or college, call 561-638-8277 or email Director@TasteHistoryCulinaryTours.org