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College $avings Fun Run & Carnival Approaching

By BCF

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The Benton County College Success Coalition will host a college-themed fun run and carnival on Friday, May 29th. Join us on the Oxford Town Square for lots of family-friendly activities! The carnival and race-day registration starts at 5:30 PM, 5.29K and 1 mile fun run take off at 6 PM, and festivities will wrap up around 8 PM.

Race participants may register now! Cost for participants 13 and over is $20; youth 12 and under are free, but must still register! The first 100 participants will get a College $avings Run water bottle and all participants will be entered into a door prize drawing. The race will start in front of Alliance Bank.

All local families are invited to attend the college and career themed carnival on the Square. Many local businesses and organizations will have activities and fun prizes. One lucky attendee will win $529 to put in a college savings 529 account! The Oxford Pizza King will have food for sale, so come out and make a night of it! A special thank you to our sponsors: Alliance Bank, College Savings 529 Direct Savings Plan, Tri-Kappa, Community Action Program, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Judd & Jennifer Barce, and Dumas, Weist, Mahnesmith & Wright.

The College Success Coalition was established in late 2012 to increase college attainment rates in Benton County. It is comprised of nearly 40 local businesses and organizations committed to this valuable mission. Though the Coalition has specific areas of interest, such as encouraging families to save for college, all activities help prepare, plan, and pay for college/career success!

Posted April 23rd, 2015


Princess Ball Draws Over 400 Guests

By BCF

SEE PHOTOS OF THE PRINCESS BALL

A shimmering snowflake chandelier hung above the dance floor, an ice castle towered in the corner, trees shimmered around the room, and icicle lights draped from the walls. Benton Community Foundation volunteers had set the stage for a Frozen wonderland for the Princess Ball on Saturday, April 11th. No Ball is complete without a Queen….what surprise when Queen Elsa and her sister, Princess Anna, appeared from behind the castle. They were surrounded all night by the young girls who came to the Ball, escorted by the special men in their life. In total, nearly 450 attendees gathered at the Otterbein United Methodist Church!

In its third year, the Princess Ball is a fundraiser for the Marilyn Fischbach Reading & Writing grants within Benton Community Foundation. Each spring local elementary teachers are invited to apply for funds to enhance their classrooms. Last year, over $4,000 was awarded to purchase magazine subscriptions, a variety of books, and other tools to improve literacy in the classroom.

As attendees arrived they had their photos taken by Erin Budreau Photography and then made their way to the ballroom, filled with music from Frank & Company (DJ Michael Zollman). Volunteers provided a buffet of snacks and a quiet room for coloring when attendees needed a break. The biggest announcement of the evening came when Ellie Strasburger won an American Girl doll and Katie L. won four tickets to see Disney Frozen on Ice.

Benton Community Foundation wishes to extend our gratitude to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Foundation 212, Frank and Company DJ Service, Erin Budreau Photography, and the dozens of volunteers who cooked, decorated, cleaned, and helped during the evening’s festivities.

SEE PHOTOS OF THE PRINCESS BALL

Posted April 16th, 2015


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