Crème de la Crème. Ltd is the annual fundraising project of the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter.
The late Soror Allean Briers Nichols had the vision to create an opportunity for young ladies in the Montgomery area to participate in activities that would provide cultural exposure and etiquette, leadership and service learning skills. Soror Nichols’ vision was to create a program that would present the best of all that the city had to offer.. an event of elegance to capture the essence of our culture in an extravagant way. Soror Velma Ballard concurred that a cultural extravaganza would be the medium to showcase young ladies from the Montgomery area vying for the crown to represent the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter.
With that vision in mind, Soror Janet May named the event Crème de la Crème that would in essence epitomize the young ladies chosen to participate in the pageantry. The “best of the best”, the “cream of the crop” represents the character and inner spirit of the young ladies taking part in the Crème de la Crème cultural extravaganza.
Participants in Crème de la Crème are young ladies representing schools in the Metro-Montgomery area. During the time of the creation of Crème de la Crème, Soror Tyna Davis, chapter president 1977-79, gave the title of Creme Pearls to the young ladies competing in the pageant. Soror Hattie Minter gave the escorts of this auspicious occasion the title of Gentlemen of Distinction.
Over the past thirty years many changes have evolved. Crème de la Crème later received an addition to its name, LTD, becoming Crème de la Crème, LTD. to represent the growth and work involved in producing the show. As well, categories of Best Dressed, Hall of Fame Best Dressed, Citizen of the Year recognition, Delta of the Year recognition, and Fortitude have all served to recognize the inner spirit of the community in working together to make Montgomery become the best that it can be.
Crème de la Crème has showcased many artists over the past thirty years, however the proudest moment has been the showcasing of the talent of the Crème Pearls and Gentlemen of Distinction. Montgomery has a rich heritage of vocal, performing and literary history thus the Crème Pearls and Gentlemen of Distinction have always been the focus of the membership’s attention.