Journey School’s Blue Jean Ball set for Nov. 14

Published 10:11 pm Monday, October 28, 2013

The annual Blue Jean Ball, which goes to support The Journey School, is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14.

The event will once again be held at the Old National Armory and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the Blue Jean Ball go to support the school’s operation, which is a nonprofit inclusive preschool, designed to include children with special needs in the classroom.

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Ball guests will receive a meal of barbecue, baked beans and coleslaw.

Every ticket also earns participants a chance to win Iron Bowl football tickets.

Journey School director Renee Alsobrook said the school only receives money from the Blue Jean Ball fundraiser and a few small grants.

“Tuition does not even cover a fourth of our operating expenses,” Alsobrook said. “It’s important for us to have this fundraiser.”

She said the school also uses proceeds to provide essential equipment for the special needs children, such as keyboards and Crayons.

“Besides supporting a great cause, it allows the community to have some fun,” Journey School board member Patty Sexton said. “It’s really a festive type of atmosphere.”

The country-themed night will feature a silent auction that offers various items, including deer-hunting trips, jewelry, paintings, and a Colorado condo. D.J. Paul Alexander will provide the musical entertainment. At this year’s event, there will be a cow patty toss contest.

“We have had a tremendous amount of positive feedback about the Blue Jean Ball,” Alsobrook said. “It’s just an event that you can come to have a good time.”

One year, the Journey School raised nearly $30,000 from a Blue Jean Ball.

“We feel very fortunate that the Selma community has supported us in so many ways,” she said. “That means a lot to us.“

Tickets are $30 for one and $50 for a couple. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Journey School and the Lily Pad or at the door the night of the event.

For more information, call the Journey School at 872-1222.