The Roanoke Altruist Club will be holding their 58th Annual Debutante Ball Friday Dec 30, 6pm, at the Roanoke Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. The Ball is a formal presentation of a young lady into society as she moves into womanhood and pursues a higher education.
That’s right, the Roanoke Altruist Club Debutante Ball is a scholarship program. The Alwyn Hamlar Saunders Debutante Scholarship Program.
For the last several months the debs along with their ladies in waiting, parents, and committees have organized fundraisers, volunteered in their schools and communities to donate money to the scholarship fund. There are in the 11 seniors competing, but only one from Botetourt County.
From Lord Botetourt we have a senior, Jasmine Willis, who for the last 3 months has been diligently fundraising. She has had bake sales, jewelry parties, open houses, raffles, cake bakes,a spaghetti dinner, hot dog sale and Lil Caeser’s pizza night. Not including the many family, friends, and business owners that have supported her efforts.
Some of the money she raised she donated to charitable organizations such as Susan G. Komen, Lilly of the Valley Organization, for domestic violence and now collecting for The Food Pantry. But to be eligible for one of the three scholarships given Friday night, she must be one of the top fundraisers. So in these last few hours between now and 5pm stop by PZAZ Salon where they are accepting donations and selling raffle tickets for various items and gift cards for a drawing to be held tomorrow.