Leadership Fundraiser for Trip to Europe

Leadership Southwestern is inviting the public to enjoy an evening of live music, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing.

“Roses in the Rafters” is an opportunity to help the Leadership Southwestern team raise funds for their service learning trip to Europe this May.  The event will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at The Barns at Timber Creek.  Reservations are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight.

“We hope to create an elegant and enjoyable atmosphere that will entice people to want to do this again next year,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern. “If we do things right, we hope that ‘Roses in the Rafters’ could become an annual fundraiser for the Leadership program.  Mostly, we want people to know that this is both a classy event and a good cause.”

The dinner will be made up of food from the three different countries that the Leadership team will travel to on their service learning trip.  That includes tapas from Spain; a Greek salad; an Italian pasta main course; and an assortment of desserts from each of the countries.  College Hill Coffee will be choosing and catering the dishes

Music will be provided by the SC Jazz Combo.

“Many people think that it is important for college students to get an opportunity to travel and experience new cultures, and Leadership is going to do this in conjunction with service projects,” Wilke says.  “In Spain, we are going to host a basketball tournament for underprivileged children.  In Greece, we are going to serve meals to refugees, work at an International School, and conduct a beach clean-up.  Our students work hard to fundraise throughout the year to be able to go on this trip.  We hope that our guests at ‘Roses in the Rafters’ will enjoy the evening and enjoy donating to a worthy cause at the same time.”

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Wilke at (620) 229-6393 or email  Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 7.

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