Great event for great school

Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blue jeans and barbeque will be the theme for the night as the Journey School prepares to host its annual Blue Jean Ball.

The ball, which is held every year to raise money for the Journey School, will be Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old National Guard Armory.

Renee Alsobrook, director of the Journey School, said she relies on this benefit each year to continue the school and the unique program it offers.

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“We are an educational preschool for children age two and a half to five years old,” Alsobrook said. “We offer an inclusion environment and that means we have special needs children and typically developing children in one classroom.”

Alsobrook said the fundraiser usually raises about 70 to 80 percent of the money needed to cover operating expenses for a year.

“This is our main fundraiser,” she said. “We are very dependent on having a successful fundraiser.”

Other than barbeque, potatoes, slaw and other signature “country dishes,” Alsobrook said there will be entertainment from local DJ Paul Alexander, a country store and a live and silent auction.

“We’ll be auctioning a Colorado condo, a German short-haired puppy, artwork and paintings, beach condos, a Big Green Egg and other items,” Alsobrook said. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win tickets to this year’s Iron Bow and locally made goods will be for sale.

“We’ll have some really good homemade barbeque sauce for sale,” Alsobrook said.

Tickets cost $30 for one person and $50 for a couple and can be purchased at the Journey School, located at 1302 Old Orrville Road, the Chamber of Commerce and the Lilly Pad, located on downtown Broad Street.

“It will be a fun event for everyone,” Alsobrook said.