OAKHURST – Local arts-for-kids nonprofit mainstay Vision Academy of the Arts invites the community to attend its most important fundraiser of the year. A Grand Night for the Arts is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Sierra Senior Center, from 6 – 9 p.m.
The evening of entertainment, art and conviviality features potential scholarship applicants and recipients who will showcase their talents throughout the night. The cost to attend is $25 per person, or 8 tickets for $150, and all proceeds go into the scholarship fund.
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 more than 100 area students a total of more than $150,000.
In addition to compelling performances by hopeful scholarship recipients, guests can look forward to exciting live and silent auctions to enhance the fundraising. To delight the palate? Indian tacos and tri-tip sandwiches, salads and desserts. To lubricate bidding at the fabulous auctions? A no-host bar.
Auction items this year are really special, featuring some impressive higi-end donations courtesy of Ritz Jewelers in Fresno. They’ve donated what we hear is a beautiful pair of pierced diamond earrings, a sterling silver diamond chip tennis bracelet, and much more.
While Grand Night for the Arts is the evening expected to raise the most support for the organization and its ongoing efforts to keep youth arts alive in the foothills, Vision Academy also raises money through concerts, classes and camps.
Anyone interested in applying for a Vision Academy scholarship must contact Jackie Byers or Sheila Adams and make a presentation at the Grand Night event in order to participate further.
On the big night, scholarship applicants will introduce themselves while laying out their plans for college or perhaps explaining their pursuit of Broadway’s footlights. Either way, 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, drama, music, culinary, cosmetic and the visual arts.”
Vision Academy of the Arts has been a welcome constant in the mountains for over 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