By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Since its establishment in 1959, the Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic organization has been a strong supporter of local collegiate women, who are working diligently toward their dreams.
Keeping with the spirit of scholarship support, the MAP will host "River Rendezvous: Mediterranean Mystique" on Sunday, March 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home of Teresa and Rick McNeight on Lansing Island in Indian Harbour Beach.
Reservations for the event must be made by Saturday, March 15. There are several reservation and sponsorship levels available, beginning with an individual reservation, called "Aladdin's Lamp," for $65 to as much as $765 for the "Ultimate Oasis," which includes eight reservations.
All proceeds from the event will support scholarships for undergraduate women from Brevard County, who are currently members of a National Panhellenic Conference organization at a Florida college or university.
"We are a group of alumnae of any National Panhellenic Conference fraternity, who live in Brevard County," said Diane Chasick, co-chair of this year's River Rendezvous. "MAP was established in 1959, with the mission of assisting in the promotion of advance education of NPC sorority women by granting scholarships to qualified students."
To date, Mrs. Chasick said MAP has provided more than $250,000 in scholarships to Brevard County sorority women, who attend college in Florida.
"The number of scholarships varies from year to year, depending upon the number of applicants and the amount of money raised the previous year," she added. "Our goal this year is to fund four collegiate scholarships."
This year's River Rendezvous: Mediterranean Mystique will be quite the occasion, filled with exotic dining providing by Creative Catering by the Farinas, as well as music, dancing and merchants.
"In our Mediterranean-style bazaar, attendees will peruse through a unique clothing boutique, a jewelry designer, a florist with flair, specialized travel pillow designer, personalized T-shirts and more," Mrs. Chasick said. "Attendees will also be able to learn how to belly dance, tango or learn a Greek step."
Much more entertainment will be provided throughout the event, including performances by professional dancers.
"In addition to having a beautiful river view, we will have a photographer, who will be capturing photos of attendees in Mediterranean backgrounds," Mrs. Chasick said.
There will also be some tremendous prizes up for grabs during this year's River Rendezvous.
"We will have a number of specialty gift baskets, bursting with jewelry, leather purses, certificates for great items, such as fine dining to the most favorite personal-care professionals in town," Mrs. Chasick added. "We also have a week at a condo in North Carolina, which was donated by a member."
Mrs. Chasick also added that the MAP is still hoping for the donating of a trip to an exotic location for attendees to bid on.
With so many wonderful and exotic things, Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic's River Rendezvous is sure to be a great event, with its success directly benefitting collegiate women along the Space Coast.
"We hope that people attend to support MAP in our mission to help Brevard County women earn a college education," Mrs. Chasick said. "It's also a beautiful afternoon in a magnificent home, with prominent people in attendance, and everyone will have a fun and fabulous time."
The Melbourne Alumnae Panhellenic will host "River Rendezvous: Mediterranean Mystique" on Sunday, March 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the home of Teresa and Rick McNeight on Lansing Island in Indian Harbour Beach.
Reservations for the event must be made by Saturday, March 15.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.MelbournePanhellenic.org, email MAPRiverRendezvous@MelbournePanhellenic.org, or call Diane Chasick at (321) 726-9885.