Holiday Issue: 2016
Groovin’ for a cause
Some Kings High School teachers showed off their dance-floor moves recently to help raise money for a local children’s charity.
The 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Nite Gala was held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Great Wolf Lodge. This fundraiser’s proceeds help the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County.
The event included basket raffles, live and silent auctions, cocktail hour, and a special dinner for the guests. A $50 raffle ticket was added this year, with a maximum of $1,000 to be sold, where there was a grand prize of either a new FIAT 500X or $15,000 cash.
The silent auction offered paintings created by the children who receive counseling from the Child Advocacy Center. Kings Art Teacher Angie Guilfoyle has been the art director for the Child Advocacy Center, and this year she took on the role of coordinating the auctions, raffles, and recruiting others to help.
Guilfoyle personally works with the children in order to help them create art for the auction. This year the auctioned art raised $4000 dollars for the Child Advocacy Center.
“I have been involved for five years and it is rewarding knowing that all of your hard work pays off and helps fund a place like the Advocacy Center that helps kids in crisis,” said Guilfoyle.
Also featured was the “Dancing for the Blue Ribbon” competition, judged by the Warren County Courtroom Judges, where local service groups got together and performed a dance routine.
The Kings High School staff team (teachers Jonathan Bitzer, Chrissy Johnson, Carrie Snyder, Lorraine Hartke, Andrea Nichols, and Michelle West) won the competition, taking top prize among groups including members of the Springboro Police, Atrium Nurses, and Warren County Social Workers.
“We had a choreographer named Tara help us for this event. We all got together and practiced for a month in my classroom,” said Nichols, “Every time we gotten together as a group we had so much fun, laughing, and getting to know each other better. Having Chrissy Johnson join us teachers was great because we don’t get to see each other often and building that new relationship was one of my favorite parts about this experience.”
By Kate Baxter