The eighth annual Grand Night for the Arts -- the Vision Academy's college scholarship fundraiser for area high school students -- will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
Appetizers will be served by El Cid's, The Produce Place, Sierra Seafood, Sweetwater Steakhouse, Todd's CookHouse Bar-B-Que, and desserts from Sweet Dreams Cakery.
A live auction will feature original paintings by Leslie Dearing, Janet Morita, Joan Brumley and Jackie Byers, along with some weekend vacation packages. Silent auction items will cover eight tables, and more than 60 area businesses donated gift cards worth at least $10 for the popular "balloon" sales -- which include a mystery gift card inside a balloon for $10.
"We know money is really tight and yet the kids are still going into college and they still need help, and this is our way of helping them," said event chairperson Sheila Adams with Vision Academy. "We are also trying to help the merchants in our community here by pushing the gift certificates -- something that will give them more business as well."
Funds raised last year awarded 15 scholarships for graduating seniors at Yosemite and Minarets high schools, along with 20 "Star" awards for graduating eighth-graders in the area who showed outstanding talent in the arts.
Several past recipients of Vision scholarships will be in attendance at Saturday's event, along with this year's scholarship applicants, who will share their art, talent, hopes and dreams. Tickets cost $20 or $125 for a table of eight. All tickets are tax-deductible.
"I'm overwhelmed at the generosity of the merchants and the artists in our community," Adams said. "It's really going to be a great time, so hopefully a lot of people will come." Details: Sheila Adams, (559) 642-4329, visionacademy.org