Banking on Jeans and Jewels

Fundraiser benefits all programs at Vista del Lago High School
By: Bridget Jones, Special to the Telegraph
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Folsom residents can come together Friday in support of a new local high school. The Vista del Lago High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association will host its first Jeans and Jewels Fundraiser at the Folsom Community Center located at 52 Natoma St. The event is for those 21 years of age and older. Vista del Lago opened its doors in 2007 and all of the money raised through this event will be used by the PTSA for various supplies and programs to benefit teachers and students, said Lia Odell, event chairwoman. “PTSA money goes to absolutely every student at Vista,” Odell said. “The money goes back to the classrooms, clubs and other student activities.” Some of the money raised is already slated to help support an “Every 15 Minutes” program on campus. This student-interactive program is used to educate participants about the consequences of drunk driving. Money is also being raised to pay for snacks provided to students during STAR (California standardized testing and reporting), supplies for the campus nurse’s department, scholarships to help students pay for SAT prep class supplies and more, said Laura Ruby, Vista del Lago PTSA president. While raising money for the school, the event will also be an opportunity for the community of Folsom to come together, win prizes and enjoy live entertainment. “The whole idea when we originally started talking about this event was we really wanted something that was going to be fun,” Ruby said. “We wanted people to leave saying, ‘Wow, it was just a really good time.’” The event will include heavy appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. Wine from several local wineries will also be for sale. A silent auction will be held for dinners at various restaurants, a hot air balloon ride with an overnight stay in Calistoga, two round-trip JetBlue tickets to wherever JetBlue flies and more. A raffle will also be held throughout the evening for a chance to win jewelry, dinners, wine and clothing. The grand prize will be an 18-carat Hearts on Fire diamond pendant donated by Roger’s Jewelers. The pendant is valued at $2,800. “Because of our theme we were hoping to get a piece of jewelry to be our grand prize, and Roger’s Jewelers stepped up early on,” Odell said. “They literally just responded to a letter.” Odell said attendees can dress to the theme of the event by wearing their favorite jeans and dressy tops, but can also completely dress up or come casually dressed. “Fun and relaxed with touches of elegance is what we’re hoping to achieve,” she said. Sacramento-based dance band Hip Service will provide the entertainment for the evening. This eclectic group performs music from several decades covering songs by artists such as The Beatles, Aerosmith, James Brown, Kelly Clarkson and many more. Odell said the group’s popularity will help make the evening a truly memorable event. “Because this was our first year doing (a fundraiser), we felt it was important to have something that would draw people to come,” Odell said. “We didn’t want the whole evening to be about auctions and raffles. We wanted the evening to be fun and memorable and raise money for a good cause.” Attendees may also recognize Michele Kane, former KOVR anchor and reporter, who will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Ruby said a major goal of the fundraiser is to bring the Folsom community together to educate residents about Vista del Lago. “One of the things we’re running into is, this is only our second year, and we have some people who don’t realize there’s a second high school in Folsom,” Ruby said. “We’re not trying to compete … that’s not what we’re looking for. We just need the community at large to remember there are two (high schools), and we need to be equally supportive of both.” Principal John Dixon said it’s important to introduce members of the new school’s community to each other in order to form a tight-knit institution with its own traditions. “I’m excited to bring the Vista del Lago community together to experience things that are happening (with the school),” Dixon said. “I think maybe (fundraising is) more of an emphasis for us being new. It’s important for us to start building that institutionalized history.” Vista del Lago staff members are thrilled about the idea of spending a fun evening together, Dixon said. “The staff is extremely excited about it,” Dixon said. “It’s a lively staff. We cherish the opportunity to celebrate each other outside the classroom. It’s a staff that enjoys having fun, works hard during the day with students, but enjoys the opportunity to get together outside the classroom as well.” Ruby said it’s more important than ever to support local schools through events like Jeans and Jewels. “Whether you have a child in the high school system or not … just going and supporting, it’s so important, because the money isn’t there state-wise,” she said. “In this case we’re going to have a fun band and great food. You’re spending money for something good, but you’re also getting a really great evening.” IN THE KNOW Jeans and Jewels Fundraiser Who: Hosted by Vista del Lago High School PTSA Where: Folsom Community Center When: 6:30 p.m., Friday March 27 Tickets: $35 per seat, $500 for table of 10, purchase at Call: 294-2410 E-mail: Bridget Jones can be reached at