“Our theme is ‘A Night at the Oscars’ and we’re going to be rolling out the red carpet for all of our guests,” said DeeAnne Stover, who is co-chairing the organization’s Ways & Means Dance with Michele Ledbetter. “There will be the band, which is local, Iambic Underground. We’re trying to keep things local [and] they have a huge local following.
“Then we’ll have food that is donated through local businesses as well, just a big variety of food, [and] a bar and a wonderful silent auction. ... We would love to have a lot of our former members come back for this, so we really would like to have all ages attend. But, it’s a fun, laid-back night. This year, you can come dressed as you’re going to the Oscars or you can come dressed as one of your favorite Oscar stars.”
Proceeds from the Ways & Means Dance will be combined with funds generated from the CSL’s Rummage Sale and Poinsettia Sale and dispersed to local charities.<B>
“All of the money that we raise as an organization gets put together and in March we will meet as a group and we will decide where those funds will go,” Ledbetter said. “We have a committee called Project Search and that committee will decide where the funds will go.
“But as far as what we have done in the past, Boys & Girls Club is a huge, huge part of where our money goes as well as our time. The Etowah Scholarship Foundation also is a place that we hold near and dear to our hearts as far as where we like to donate our money and then, of course, there’s Good Neighbor [Homeless] Shelter and Flowering Branch [Children’s Shelter] and [organizations] like that.”
During its last fundraising cycle, the CSL presented a total of $51,390 to more than 25 organizations in late March. The recipients included Advocates for Children, Autism in Bartow, Bartow Christmas, Bartow Collaborative, Bartow County/Cartersville Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher Grant Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow County Women’s Resource Center Inc. that is now known as Bartow Family Resources, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville Schools — GateKey Scholarship, Backpack Buddies, The Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Joshua Brown Foundation, Juvenile Court — Bartow County, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League, WinShape Camp for Communities and Bartow Health Access.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering at the Cartersville Public Library and the Special Olympics, conducting hearing and vision screenings for kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System, and distributing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
Tickets to “A Night at the Oscars” are $50 and can be purchased by calling Ledbetter at 770-356-2335 or Stover at 770-548-5671. No one younger than 21 will be admitted to the fundraiser.
For more information about the Service League, visit www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com.