Pi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was chartered May 16, 1987, becoming the 87th chapter of the Sorority's Great Lakes Region and the fifth graduate chapter in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Currently, Soror Mary Neyland Moore presides over a membership nearly 200 strong.
Focusing on communities in Southeastern Oakland County, Pi Tau Omega (PTO) primarily serves Southfield, Royal Oak Township, Ferndale and Oak Park by continuously collaborating with and/or supporting national and community-based organizations, like the American Heart Association, Ascension Providence Hospital, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Forgotten Harvest, Park House Senior Living, MacArthur K-8 University Academy and Samaritas House, just to name a few.
In 1991, PTO organized and sponsored the AKATeens, a youth group comprised of a diverse group of high school girls from the tri-county area. Annually, these students provide hundreds of volunteer service hours in the surrounding communities, while developing and refining their leadership skills.
Pi Tau Omega established the Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated in 1999, a separate financial arm that raises funds to assist the Chapter in fostering programs for women and minorities in the areas of education, health, family development, the arts, finance, and leadership development.
Over the years, Pi Tau Omega has implemented a variety of local community service programs and events, recently shifting to virtual offerings to adjust to the times. The Pink Hustle has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships. The annual Youth and Family Financial Literacy Seminars, in collaboration with local businesses, have provided expert advice and insights regarding financial independence. The Chapter also has provided health seminars to promote the importance of nutrition, fitness, and self-care for mental, emotional and physical health.
In 2020, Pi Tau Omega was poised to partner with the City of Southfield to hold the first weeklong series of cultural events celebrating Juneteenth to recognize and honor ‘Freedom Day’ and the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. Postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, one of the goals of President Mary Neyland Moore is to bring the Juneteenth collaboration envisioned by former PTO President Zena Kyles and Southfield Mayor Ken Siver to fruition, in addition to continuing the chapter’s ongoing community outreach.
The skilled, visionary, college-educated women of Pi Tau Omega Chapter have made tremendous strides over the last three decades in Southfield and surrounding areas. Currently, PTO is implementing the Sorority’s international platform of: “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service,” designed to impact and elevate communities and address global challenges, building upon Alpha Kappa Alpha's rich legacy of Service to All Mankind.