The Phoenix Dollars for Scholars organization has been working to raise scholarship funds for the graduating seniors of their community for over 25 years. Since establishing its charter back in 1985, volunteers from the local Dollars for Scholars community have explored many avenues to bring in the funds that support student dreams of college. Some are tried and true and at the same time, the group still looks for opportunities to add a little flavor to the mix.
One of their upcoming events is a Pasta dinner on Sunday, March 4 at RFH’s Hideaway, beginning at 1 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are only $6, or will be available at the door for $7. Dinner includes a pasta entree, salad, a roll and dessert. Anyone interested in pre-sale tickets can call Wendy Dunnigan at 668-8902.
The very next day, Dollars for Scholars will host the family-favorite “Billy MartinCircus”, on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the John C. Birdlebough High School gymnasium. Doors will open around 6:30 p.m. As in the past the circus will offer the chance to see engaging animal acts, aerielists, jugglers and acrobats, sure to delight all age groups. Information about advance sale circus tickets will be sent out through the Phoenix schools, or will also be available at the door. In addition, snacks and novelties of all kinds will be available for purchase. Those from Phoenix and the surrounding community are encouraged to get everyone together - kids, parents, friends, grandparents - and mark their calendars for some circus entertainment. It’s another great way to support Dollars for Scholars in their fundraising events and have a little fun in the process.
Among those who devotes a range of committed time towards the Dollars for Scholars causes, Dunnigan knows that it is the generous community support which has always enabled the Phoenix Dollars for Scholars to award over 100 scholarships each spring. Awards go to those who plan to pursue their college-education with a great focus on balanced academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities, making them “well-rounded young adults”, she says.
Along with this season’s upcoming events, the year-round campaign for support continues to be underway and, as part of it, Dollars for Scholars is still seeking tax-deductible contributions from those in the community. They especially wants the community to understand that future graduates need their help, now more than ever. Donations can be made at any time by mailing that donation to Phoenix Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 445, Phoenix, 13135.
With the Phoenix Dollars for Scholars, those who donate or come out for the range of activities organized through their program can be assured their priority is building up those scholarship funds. They encourage everyone to enjoy the opportunity to offer that needed support at the Pasta dinner on Sunday, March 4 and the Billy Martin Circus on Monday, March 5.