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March 1, 2014

Wizard of Oz Gala for the Children is April 12

ASHEBORO —  Volunteers for the Randolph County Partnership for Children are sliding into their ruby red slippers and teaming up to follow the yellow brick road to Kyle Petty’s Adaumont Farm for the Gala for the Children, set for Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

An annual affair that heralds the beginning of spring, the Gala is themed around a well-known children’s book, emphasizing the Partnership’s focus on family literacy and the importance of reading to children from a very young age. To bring a modern twist to the 75th anniversary of a timeless classic, this year’s Gala will be filled with magic and wonder from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Led by Gala chairs, Chris and Stacy Griffin, and honorary co-chairs, Bill and Ann Hoover, the event will feature a buffet dinner, elaborate dessert bar, dancing, and a silent auction featuring unique items ranging from gift baskets, art, pottery, jewelry, autographed sports memorabilia, travel and experiences. The Attractions Band, which is in the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, is back by popular demand and is sure to offer a fun-filled evening of dancing to beach, shag, and oldies favorites. Carter Coyle, a reporter with WGHP Fox 8 News, will emcee the evening.

“The Gala is the Partnership’s major fund-raiser to ensure there are funds to sustain programs for young children and families in Randolph County,” said Stacy Griffin. “Thanks to the Partnership’s work, thousands of children enter school healthy and ready to succeed.”

PNC Bank is a presenting sponsor for this year’s event. Other sponsors to date include Acme-McCrary/Sapona Foundation, Asheboro Fire & Security, Bank of the Carolinas, Chris and Stacy Griffin, Commonwealth Hosiery Mills, Community One, Cumby Family Funeral Service, Ennobra Bloom Boutique, Steve and Diane Frost, Pam Hill, McCrary International, MOM Brands, Novant Health-Thomasville Medical Center, Lynne Qualls, Dr. and Mrs. James M. Rich Jr., Randolph Hospital, Randolph Oil Co., Randolph Medical Associates Pediatrics, Sentry Fire Protection, The Courier-Tribune, The Timken Company and Todd and Denise Williams.

“We appreciate the community’s support for the Gala. The momentum is high this year and we anticipate another sold-out event,” said Dan McGugin, board chair of the Partnership.

The Hoovers and the Griffins are sponsoring a pre-Gala function, and a large number of volunteers from the across the county are working together to make the event a success. Committee chairs include Sarah Beth Campbell, silent auction committee; Bert Lance-Stone, Archdale-Trinity committee; Christie Luckenbach, raffle committee; Deborah Smith, desserts committee; Christy Murphy and the PNC “Grow Up Great” team, auction check-out.

Children from across the county are busy making table centerpieces tied to The Wizard of Oz theme. Students from one high school assist with Gala decorations. This year, students from Uwharrie Charter Academy are fabricating a yellow brick road, making red poppies and creating other iconic features, while volunteers in Archdale-Trinity are focused on entrance decorations to bring the Emerald City to life. Paul and Margie Trogdon of Asheboro are creating wooden, life-size Wizard of Oz characters to greet Gala guests.

A new addition to this year’s Gala for the Children is a raffle for week-long stay, with no blackout dates, at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Only 500 tickets are available. Ticket price is $20. The winning raffle ticket number will be announced during the Gala. The winner does not need to be present to win.

The Partnership is collecting Hilton HHonors Points to maximize the amount of funds raised through the raffle. Individual donations of 10,000 points or more are encouraged, and serves as a way to support the Partnership through a tax-deductible gift.  

Don’t let the lions, tigers and bears keep you away. Plan to join Dorothy and friends on a magical journey on the Yellow Brick Road to Adaumont Farm this year. Tickets to the Gala can be purchased at the Randolph County Partnership for Children office. Individual ticket price is $60 or purchase a reserve table of eight for $500. Sponsorships remain available at various levels: $3,000, $1,200, $750, and $350.

To learn more about donating Hilton HHonors points or becoming a Gala sponsor, or to purchase a Gala raffle ticket or donate an auction item, contact Jill Jackson, director of Marketing and Development, at 336-629-2128, Ext. 12, or e-mail jjackson@randolphkids.org.

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