In an article posted on Black Gives Back, writer, project strategist and philanthropist Valaida Fullwood recaps the inaugural fundraising fashion show, Elegance for Education with Fashions by Coplon’s, for the Rucker Education Scholarship Fund. The Fund was founded by Spelman College graduate, Ione Rucker Jamison and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Fund for college bound alumni of A.R. Rucker Middle School.
The fund’s mission is to promote academic excellence, community empowerment and leadership development primarily through financially supporting the aspirations of deserving first generation college students.
On April 14, sisters Ruby Rucker Cooper, Ellen Rucker Carter and Ione Rucker Jamison hosted Elegance for Education, a fashion show in conjunction with Coplon’s Boutique.
Nearly, 150 guests gathered at the Longview Country Club, at the home and garden of Jen Harding, to view the latest spring/summer collections and to help the Ruckers support education.
“We feel blessed to have our family and friends here. The models were flawless. The fashions were beautiful. We are honored to provide financial assistance to first-generation college students. Our grandparents, Aaron and Ruth Wright Rucker, would be pleased,” stated Ione, after both Ruby and Ellen deferred to their baby sister for final remarks.
Ruby, Ellen and Ione are part of a new television show, The Ruckers: Southern Royals, which will join the WE tv Thursday night schedule in the fall. The show follows the sisters as three modern African American women and as young heirs of a prominent, old family in the Carolinas.