Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dollars for Scholars prepares for fundraiser

Bright Futures event to raise money for Blaine County students


By EXPRESS STAFF
Express Staff Writer

Wood River Dollars for Scholars will hold its annual fundraiser on Thursday, June 16, at the Elkhorn Springs Supper Club in Sun Valley. The annual event's new theme is "Bright Futures," relating to high school graduates of all five Blaine County high schools (and home-school students) who have been awarded scholarships toward continuing education.

Since 1996, Dollars for Scholars, headed by Ketchum resident Audrey Bashaw, has awarded more than $300,000 to local students attending two- and four-year colleges and vocational/technical programs.

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Bright Futures will begin with a hosted bar at 6 p.m. and special menu dinner at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and will feature a live auction, and the raffle of a Christina Healy necklace and matching earrings. Event tickets are $75 per person, and raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Raffle winners need not be present to win. To attend Bright Futures or to purchase raffle tickets, call 788-9703. Due to limited space, people are asked to RSVP no later than Sunday, June 12.

According to a news release, the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars, a program of Scholarship America, has seen the number of student applications sharply increase over the past three years. Rising tuition costs and higher unemployment rates have put higher education out of reach for many local families. The organization has awarded between 20 and 25 $1,000 scholarships per year.




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