The Twenty Pearls Foundation was established in July of 2006 after members of the Mu Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority saw an opportunity to transform the Gainesville/Alachua County Community through expanded scholarships, community service and programs. The 501(c)(3) status of the Foundation provides a more appropriate platform for the implementation of the charitable and service activities sponsored by the organization. Some of these programs include co-sponsoring programs and functions with the ASCEND youth enrichment program and holding the Pink Dress Luncheon annually which educates women about breast cancer research and screening. These programs are implemented and executed in partnership with Mu Upsilon Omega and other community partners that share and support the Foundation's goals and purpose. The Foundation is headed by a board of thirteen dedicated, established women who are change agents and have proven records of professionalism, and service to the community. They, along with more than 70 additional members of the Mu Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, have pledged their time, commitment and resources as volunteers to the Foundation in order to serve those in most need of assistance.