Lyon scholarship fundraiser offers chance to kick up boot heels

BATESVILLE — Lyon College is hoping to raise a record-breaking amount for its Annual Scholarship Fund with its third annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Ball that will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at The Cow Palace at Chimney Rock in Concord.

College representatives are hoping this year’s ball will surpass the more than $250,000 raised by previous balls.

“This is the biggest event we hold all year to support the Annual Scholarship Fund,” said Jon Vestal, vice president for institutional advancement. “All of our students receive scholarships, and about a third are the first in their families to enroll in college. We award $7 million a year in scholarships and grants to our students. Lyon doesn’t want to see any student denied a quality education because of financial need. The Annual Scholarship Fund is a vital resource that without which some students would be unable to attend college.”

Tickets for the ball are on sale now for $100 each. Four levels of table sponsorship are available. Sponsors receive special benefits in exchange for their generous contributions. Seating is limited, so purchasing tickets early is encouraged. The evening will include a gourmet dinner, cocktails, dancing and silent and live auctions. Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra will provide entertainment.

The live auction will include “Dollars for Scholars,” a unique reverse auction where donors bid the amount they wish to pledge to give. All bids serve as outright gifts to the Annual Scholarship Fund. This event has become the highlight of the ball. Each gift is 100 percent tax deductible.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carly Dahl at 870-307-7278 or email