OAKHURST – Vision Academy of the Arts invites the community to attend its most important fundraiser of the year, A Grand Night for the Arts, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Golden Chain Theatre.
The evening of entertainment and conviviality, featuring potential scholarship applicants and recipients, runs from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The cost to attend the nonprofit fundraiser is $25 per person, or a discount of $175 for a table of eight.
Any high school senior student who plans to apply for a scholarship from Vision Academy is required to attend the Grand Night for the Arts. In the past, Vision Academy has awarded area students a total of more than $125,000.
There will be performances by scholarship recipients and applicants, along with live and silent auctions, a “taste of the foothills” to delight the palate, and a no-host bar. So far, Supernaws BBQ and Indian Tacos are both on the menu.
Students from Gymnastics by Diane are also scheduled to perform during the evening.
Auction items include gift certificates from Oakhurst Feed and The Pines, and organizers are seeking more items before the big event.
All proceeds benefit the Vision Academy of the Arts Scholarship Fund. The organization also raises money through concerts, classes and camps.
Anyone interested in applying for a Vision Academy scholarship must contact Jackie Byers and make a presentation at the Grand Night event in order to participate further.
Throughout the evening, scholarship applicants will demonstrate their talents and introduce themselves, laying out their plans for college. Applicants must have plans to study some form of the arts as either their major or minor in college.
“Our main purpose is to raise funds to award scholarships to high school graduates who are going to be pursuing higher education in the arts,” explains Vision Academy board member Sheila Adams, “which would be writing, dance, music, culinary, cosmetic and the visual arts.”
Vision Academy of the Arts has been a welcome mainstay in the mountains for approximately 20 years, and students at three high schools now benefit from the Vision Academy scholarship program, according to the long-time arts advocate.
“We hope everybody will make plans to attend this event, because the more people who come and share, the more we can do,” says Adams.
Tickets are available by calling (559) 642-4329
The Golden Chain Theatre is located at 42130 Highway 41, Oakhurst.