JA ben­e­fit to take it back to the ‘70s

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com By Elisha Mor­ri­son

Ju­nior Aux­il­iary of Saline County is head­ing back to the 1970s for its an­nual Char­ity Ben­e­fit.

The Stu­dio 501 Char­ity Ben­e­fit will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Ben­ton Event Cen­ter.

“It’s our big­gest fundraiser ev­ery year,” Event Chair Han­nah Har­ney said.” All the prof­its go into the bud­get for next years ser­vices.”

JA is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on help­ing area chil­dren through ser­vice projects.

Har­ney’s fa­vorite project is Em­power, which is an event for young girls. She said as a woman she re­mem­bers when she was a teen think­ing there was some­thing wrong be­cause she was strug­gling. Em­power connects young girls to show them they aren’t the only ones strug­gling and connects them with women who show them it gets bet­ter.

“The tran­si­tion from a child to a young woman is tough,” Har­ney said, adding that events like this shows them they aren’t alone and teaches them about sis­ter­hood early.

Other projects in­clude Bless­ings, where JA mem­bers fill back­packs with food to send home with chil­dren in need over breaks, schol­ar­ships, and sports swap shop, where those who can’t af­ford sports equip­ment can get it.

Com­mu­nity out­reach is a new project for JA. Har­rney ex­plained the group goes to dif­fer­ent events and sets up a booth with games for chil­dren and shares in­for­ma­tion with the com­mu­nity about what they have to of­fer to help chil­dren.

For the ben­e­fit, Har­ney said Stu­dio 501 is a play on the fa­mous Stu­dio 54 from the 70’s. The dress for the even­ing is cock­tail at­tire with a ‘70s flair. With ‘70s in­spired looks from jump suits and feath­ered hair, Har­ney feels it will be easy to find the right look.

DJ Hol­ly­wood will pro­vide the mu­sic and serve as em­cee for the even­ing. Har­ney said with the ‘70s theme, there is a lot of great dance mu­sic.

“We have lots of fun songs for him to play,” she said.

Vi­brant Oc­ca­sions Cater­ing will be serv­ing up a ‘70s themed menu.

Arkansas Casino Games will run nine casino style gam­ing ta­bles. Each ticket will in­clude $100 in chips. Ad­di­tional chips can be pur­chased. The player with the most chips at the end of the night will

win a prize.

JA plans to hold a silent auc­tion dur­ing the event. Har­ney said they have some great items for at­ten­dees to bid on, in­clud­ing a Coach back­pack, tick­ets to Sil­ver Dol­lar City, South­west Air­lines tick­ets, a fit­ness bas­ket, tick­ets to the Arkansas sym­phony and mem­o­ra­bilia.

The or­ga­niz­ers are work­ing on a live auc­tion. Har­ney said it de­pends on if they get enough big ticket items. So far the big items in­clude Dis­ney tick­ets and a stock the bar pack­age. They are look­ing into other trips.

JA will also hold a Glitz Grab where at­ten­dees can pay to get a mys­tery bag con­tain­ing a piece of jew­elry with the chance to win a higher value item.

So far, JA has items from Bak­ers Fine Jew­elry and Dil­lards. They are seek­ing ad­di­tional jew­elry pieces.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate items for the silent or live auc­tions or Glitz Grab can con­tact JA at [email protected]

The spon­sors for the ben­e­fit so far are Han­nah H. Cre­ates, Amer­i­can Ma­te­rial Han­dling, KO Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Con­struc­tion De­vel­op­ment Team, LLC. The or­ga­niz­ers are seek­ing ad­di­tional spon­sors. There are sev­eral spon­sor­ship lev­els avail­able. Ta­ble spon­sor­ships range from $600 - $1000. Those in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ships can email to get a spon­sor­ship packet.

All spon­sors will get Face­book recog­ni­tion.

Un­lim­ited drinks for the event will be pro­vided by Glaz­ers Dis­trib­u­tors. Dur­ing the event, JA will give out the Kin­dle Thy Flame Award. Har­ney said this award goes to some­one who is not a JA mem­ber who is a vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity.

“That is a way to give some­one else try­ing to help the com­mu­nity some recog­ni­tion,” she said.

Tick­ets are $50 each and can be pur­chased by fol­low­ing the link on the Face­book event or at www.jasalineco­unty.org.

Har­ney be­lieves this event is a great chance to dress up, get good food and help a non­profit in Saline County which in turn will help lo­cal chil­dren.

“It is go­ing to be a fun night,” she said.

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