Event provides touch of hope for Hononegah

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Photo provided (From left): A Touch of Spring attendees, Jeff Paulson, Shelly Curtis, Laura Zimmerman and Todd Zimmerman, are shown at last year's event with a Hollywood theme. This years event, with a 1950s theme, will be held March 9.

ROCKTON - Although the weather is chilly, it's not too early to starting thing about the Hononegah H.O.P.E. Foundation's 19th Annual "Touch of Spring" on March 9. This is the foundation's annual fundraiser, dinner and dance to benefit Hononegah High School.

"It's been a terrific event for many years and we will try to continue it," said H.O.P.E. Foundation President Bob Anderson. "We are trying to get the word out and raise money for kids and teachers. It's going to be fun."

The benefit will be held at the Rockton American Center Banquet Hall with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and dancing from 8 - 11 p.m. The theme this year will be a "Touch of the 50's" with music provided by Joe Locke-Hits DJ Service. Guests are invited to done their best 1950's or business casual attire.

Only 168 tickets will be available to this event. A ticket to this event, which includes dinner for two, dancing, cash raffles, and a silent auction, can be purchased for $125. Throughout the evening there will be 45 tickets drawn for cash prizes totaling $6,450. Each year a ring valued at around $2,500 to $3,000 designed by students and donated by the Gem Shop is also raffled off.

Anderson said the event has benefited from many great partners over the years such as the Hoffman House which does a fabulous job with food and support from the American Legion.

The H.O.P.E. Foundation is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1997, that has established an endowment for student scholarship, school projects and teacher grants.

Last year the successful fundraiser brought in close to $20,000. Anderson explained how the money is made available for teachers who apply for grants which are reviewed by the H.O.P.E. Foundation. This past year the Foundation helped teachers obtain items for physics classes, graphic calculators, a disability simulation body system, Special Olympics sports equipment and a drill and driver set to name a few.

For more information people can go to hononegahhope.org and click on the Hononegah.org/Community tab, or visit the Hononegah High School mobile app. The website also includes information about the "Touch of Spring" fundraiser and the contributions the foundation has made to the Hononegah Community High School District.

Each year the event has a theme. Last year's was Hollywood, and organizers are excited about a new 1950s theme this year. Anderson said the decor is always in line with the theme and makes for a festive occasion.

"Millicent Christopher is our coordinator on that and she is very creative. She'll surprise us with something," he said.

Anderson, who was born in 1963, said his dad went to Hononegah in the 1950s and he might be able to track down an old Hononegah sweater for the big event.

"I've had a flat top for 25 years so won't have to change it. I may go with horn-rimmed glasses," Anderson said.

For more information people can contact event coordinator Kelly Rosik at KROSIK@hononegah.org or 815-624-5005 or event coordinator Diane Eymann at DEYMAN@hononegah.org or by calling 815-624-5069.

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