After taking a year off and holding a no-show Black Diamond Gala for the 2010 calendar year, the Gala is back with a new attitude which includes a new look, a new date and new ticket options.
This year’s theme, The Black Diamond and Denim Gala, is a best dressed denim event. Party goers are encouraged to wear their best dress denim accessorized with diamonds, pearls, or flashy costume jewelry, or to wear a favorite outfit with a hint of denim, such as in a belt or jacket.
Traditionally held in January, this year’s gala will be held Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Winder Community Center. Party goers will get the chance to enjoy a barbeque dinner prepared by the Winder Rotary Club and A Different Flavor.
The price for tickets has been decreased from $75 to $50 ($40 tax deductible) this year. There are also several sponsorship packages beginning as low as $200.
Attendees will have the opportunity to go “Digging for Diamonds” and participate in a “Best Dressed” contest.
Sherri Perry, Executive Director of the Coalition said, “Businesses and individuals have continued their generous support of our programs in spite of the slow economy of recent years. To honor their commitment, the Gala planning committee has worked very hard to keep overhead costs for the dance to a minimum in order that the money we raise is used to support adult learners rather than to pay the cost of the fundraiser itself. You, the community, will assure that students have access to instructional materials and classroom supplies necessary for educational and employment success. Your contributions also provide testing scholarships to those who are unemployed and cannot afford the $95 GED exam fee.” Adult education is vital to workforce development in Barrow County. Two years ago, over 600 adults learned to read, learned the English language, or obtained a GED diploma in order to enter college or improve employment opportunities. In the 2009-2010 school year, more that 1,000 students participated in the adult learning programs at the Lanier Tech campus in Winder.
Unemployment is high in Barrow County. Adult education puts new jobs within reach of students which is vital to the local economy.
To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact Sherri Perry, at 770-685-9834, or Lynn Hammond, Gala chairperson at the Principal’s Palette, 9 W. Wright Street, Winder, at 770-867-1320. If you cannot attend the dance, a tax-deductible donation can be made to WBCACE/Adult Education, Sherri Perry, 89 East Athens Street, Winder, GA 30680.