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By Dee McPeek
Special to The PREVIEW
Summer is in full swing and so is planning for the Little Black Dress Affair benefiting Seeds of Learning.
Committee members Sandy Artzberger, Lynne Bridges, Ann Bubb, Leslie Fluharty, Deb Jennings, Kathy Lansdale, Aubrie Limebrook, Sheila McKenzie, Dee McPeek, Cheryl Moore, Linda Moulton, Lassie Olin, Sandy Oliver, Kristi Smith, Deneice Stacy, Rhonda Webb, Treva Wheeless and Lvonne Wilson have been working diligently since May to make this year the best ever.
This popular ladies’ night out will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The theme this year is “Ship Ahoy” and guests will be treated to a “land lubber cruise” right here in Pagosa. Whether or not you’ve ever been on a cruise, this is your chance to have all the fun without leaving town.
Everyone knows one of the best parts of cruising is the food. There will be lots of surprises during the evening to keep you entertained and many opportunities to support the outstanding educational program at Seeds of Learning.
The recent Rural Philanthropy Days Conference held in Pagosa identified two major areas of need in the southwest region: affordable housing and early education. Seeds of Learning is an accredited early education center with over 70 percent of students categorized as “at risk.” That means they have a greater chance of failing without early education. To ensure these children begin kindergarten with the vital skills needed to succeed as adults, Seeds must raise over $148,000 in donations, in addition to grants and tuition. This event helps us meet that goal and continue to provide the early education that research has shown is drastically needed in our area.
The Little Black Dress Affair is a fun, high-energy evening for all women to enjoy being with friends, dressing in their most beautiful clothes and donating to help educate Pagosa’s most-vulnerable tots.
Last year, we sold out two weeks before the event and had many unhappy ladies that were unable to attend. Buy your tickets early to avoid being disappointed. After all, we would hate to leave port without you.
Tickets will be available for sale beginning Monday, Aug. 18. Individual tickets will be $50 and reserved tables for eight of your best friends will be $440. Tickets can be purchased at Seeds of Learning, 575 S. 7th St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Lynne Bridges at 264-5513 with any questions.