The swan song of the “Sedalia Stars” dance competition and some new twists to the live auction will highlight the State Fair Community College Foundation’s fifth annual fundraising gala March 9 in the Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts on the Sedalia campus.
The gala, “A Sapphire Soirée,” will include a social hour, dinner, live auction, entertainment by pianist Cynthia Groff and the SFCC Jazz Choir directed by Ron Sayer, and the foundation’s fifth and final dance competition.
The gala will benefit SFCC student scholarships and programs. Honorary chair will be Joe Fischer.
“The foundation gala has become one of the major annual events in Sedalia,” SFCC President Marsha Drennon said in a news release. “We have been blessed with tremendous community support for this event. ... Over the last four years, almost $250,000 has been raised in support of student scholarships, programs and services.”
The live auction will feature an oil-on-canvas painting by internationally known artist Douglass Freed and five dancer posters. During the auction, guests also will have the opportunity to contribute funds for equipment and supplies needed by academic programs, to increase existing scholarship endowments or to establish new scholarships. Endowed scholarships are established with the SFCC Foundation and may be named in honor or memory of an individual, business or family. Donors can designate scholarship restrictions.
Also, guests who buy a “Sapphire Sip” will receive a flute of sparkling wine and a chance to win a custom-made sapphire ring donated by Bichsel Jewelry. Chances are $100 each, and may be purchased when reservations are made or the night of the soirée.
The dance competition, which is similar to the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” this year will find a previous dancer paired with a new partner: Don Luper and Dianne Simon, Lisa Shoemaker and Paul Beykirch, Max Mitchell and Kim Braverman, Sam Ditzfeld and Victoria Stratton, and Kathy Beykirch and John Simmons.
Local choreographer Anna Crumley, owner of Studio A Dance Conservatory, is providing instruction for participating dancers.
Master of ceremonies will be Jim Shoemaker. Judges will be former “Sedalia Stars” dancers. Guests also may cast $1 votes for couples during the competition, with proceeds going toward an existing endowed scholarship.
Gala tickets are $125 per person. Tables of 10 also may be reserved or sponsored for $1,250 by individuals, groups or businesses. Proceeds will help fund student scholarships and programs. Last year’s benefit raised about $80,000.
Cocktail attire is suggested. Valet parking will be available at the south Yeater Learning Center entrance located off Clarendon Road.
Reservations may be made by Feb. 8 by calling the foundation at 530-5811 or e-mailing sapphire@
sfccmo.edu. For more details, go to sfccmo.edu/