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Daily Archive for August 01 2010

Generation Charleston Benefit Will Be ‘Totally Awesome’

The story below appeared this weekend in the Charleston Gazette.

By Sara Busse

Guests to Generation Charleston’s upcoming benefit are encouraged to wear their “most awesome” ’80s and ’90s fashions. The Charleston Area Alliance’s emerging leaders group, is hosting an ’80s and ’90s homecoming-themed benefit, 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 at the University of Charleston ballroom.

Proceeds from the event support College Summit and will go toward a scholarship.

The best-dressed male and female will be crowned homecoming king and queen. While costumes are encouraged, they are not required.

“We’re kicking it old-school for this event as a throwback to our high-school years,” said Rachelle Beckner, Generation Charleston’s member-at-large who spearheads the College Summit partnership. “It was only fitting when our year-long cause is to help high-school students succeed and make their way to college.”

Food and beverages, including beer and wine, are provided as guests dance the night away to favorite ’80s and ’90s music and videos. Generation Charleston membership is not required to attend, but guests must be at least 21.

College Summit began in 1993 in Washington, D.C., to provide writing skills and the “know-how” for urban youth to enroll in college. Since then, the program has expanded to 13 states and helped thousands of high school seniors pursue a college degree.

Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.com/Events, at the Purple Onion at Capitol Market, Capitol Roasters on Summers Street or any Ntelos store in the Kanawha Valley.