$150,000 raised for student scholarships
Published: March 05, 2013
More students will have the opportunity to get a quality education after Lyon College’s annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball raised more than $150,000 for student scholarships.
More than 300 people from Batesville, Little Rock and surrounding states attended the Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball, which is a black-tie gala featuring a silent auction, live auction, gourmet dinner and dancing at the Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord. This is the second year for the event.
Lyon College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jon Vestal said 100 percent of Lyon students receive some amount of scholarship.
“This year, with the help of our sponsors and guests we surpassed our $150,000 dollar goal,” he said. “The money raised will go toward the Lyon College Annual Scholarship Fund. Our alumni and friends know the quality of a Lyon education and came to support our students.”
Lyon College awards $7 million annually in scholarships and grants to help students attend college.
More than 75 silent auction items ranged from student artwork to hunts to golf course memberships and even a large generator.
Live auction items included a stay at a luxury suite in Little Rock, weekend at the races at Oaklawn, stay at a ski resort in Michigan, handmade quilt, gourmet dinner and private concert for 10 at the home of President and Mrs. Donald Weatherman, a Bad Boy lawnmower, Club Level seats at a FedEx Forum event, performance by the Lyon College Pipe Band, Smokey Mountain retreat, black angus heifer, custom piece of jewelry, stay at a condo in Turks and Caicos Islands and a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.
The ball concluded with a dance and tunes provided by a band of Lyon College musicians, The Fox Blossom Venture, and Danny Dozier & The Lockhouse Orchestra.