Denim & Diamonds

The second annual Denim & Diamonds, a fundraising event for Community Christian School is happening at The Barn one month from today, and we are so excited to host this fun event again this year! Last year’s event was a HUGE success - we helped CCS raise $40,000 for their new school - and we’re honored to be a part of their fundraising campaign again. This year’s theme is Bayou at The Barn, and the event will include a dinner (with a bayou theme, the food is obviously gonna be AMAZING), live music by Nik & Sam, and a silent auction. It’s all going down on April 27 from 6-10 pm out here at The Barn, and trust us, you want to be there! If you’ve ever wanted to attend an event at The Barn, this is a great one to make plans for, and you’ll be involved in raising money for such a good cause, too! You can learn more about Denim & Diamonds and purchase tickets here.

You can read all about last year’s event, as well as what CCS is raising money for below in this post from last year! Also be sure to check out the following video for photos from last year’s event and a little bit more info on the upcoming event.

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This past April, The Barn hosted a fundraising event for Community Christian School, a local non-denominational Christian private school in our area. It is always such a pleasure for our team to plan, coordinate, design and host fun events for nonprofits in our area! We love contributing in our own way to a worthy cause, and we love to make sure that guests at these events have a great time while supporting groups in our community! 

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Denim & Diamonds took place on April 21 and included a barbecue dinner, musical entertainment, and an auction. The event featured a private concert by Heath Sanders, as well as a performance by The Beards and The Bees. There was also a silent auction where guests were able to bid on items donated by local businesses. 

Special thanks to Whitney Debord for these photos from the event!

Special thanks to Whitney Debord for these photos from the event!

The purpose of the event was to begin raising funds to build a new school for CCS, and the plans for the new campus were unveiled during the evening. Brooks Russell, the Administrator of Business Development and Operations at CCS, described the event as the start of "a capital campaign to build a new Christian private school in the River Valley." 

“We are in the process of trying to raise money for a new campus,” Brooks said. “We are currently in a facility that is not ours.” Brooks said the number of enrolled students has grown exponentially in the last five years, causing a great need for a new, larger campus.

CCS recently purchased a piece of property on the east side of Russellville, which will be the home of the future 16-acre campus. There will be an education building, which will house students in pre-K to 12th grade, as well as a gymnasium. Brooks said the gym will also be used as an "all-purpose building," serving as a venue for school plays and other school events. There will also be a baseball field and a football field. 

The plans for Community Christian School's future 16 acre campus

The plans for Community Christian School's future 16 acre campus

The initial fundraising goal for Denim & Diamonds was set at $20,000, but the goal was doubled and the event ended up raising $40,000. “The Denim and Diamonds event was a huge success, far exceeding our goal of $20,000," Brooks said. "The success was achieved because of how well the community embraced this event and for that we are grateful for all our sponsors including The Barn."

Brooks said the total cost of the new campus is around $5 million. "We need to raise half of that in order to begin construction,” he said. He added that administrators and supporters of CCS are hopeful that the new campus will be completed and opened in 2020.

(Click through for photos from the event)

When our team planned and designed the details for this event, we wanted the decor to match the event’s name... so we went a little bit rustic and little bit sparkly! There were rustic touches (like denim, wood, and burlap) and also some diamond-inspired details, including the glittery table runners. The florals were super simple and gorgeous, with white roses and greenery. Two of my favorite details were the custom wood signs... one displayed the event’s dinner menu and the other included a Bible verse that fit perfectly with the event’s purpose (Matthew 7:24-25).

Sponsors and supporters of the event included Beason Roofing Solutions, Beacon Tire, Bank of the Ozarks, Crow Construction, Fast Glass Service, American Outdoor Sports, Williamson Construction, Scott and Pam Van Horn, Millard-Henry Clinic Pediatrics, Beason Masonry, Sorrells Body Shop, The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, Russellville First Assembly, Centennial Bank, Clarksville Insurance Agency, Carr's Chain Reaction, Miller Roofing CompanyQuiznos, Old Post Barbecue, and Posey Printing Company.

Brooks added that there are many ways for the community to support the new CCS campus. "Because we are a 501c3 nonprofit, there are many ways you can partner with us in our capital campaign," he said. For more information, please contact Brooks Russell at brussell@russellvilleccs.com. Go ahead and mark your calendar for next year’s Denim & Diamonds on April 27, 2019! 

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Baby Shower

The Barn is known for its stunning, over-the-top, all-inclusive weddings and elopements, but did y'all know we do all kinds of other events, too? We've hosted holiday parties (Christmas, Halloween, New Years Eve, etc.), birthday parties, Banquet at The Barn, and several other great events. A couple years ago, we were asked by one of our former brides (y'all probably remember Ashley from this elegant, gorgeous wedding!) to host the absolute sweetest baby shower ever. I’ve shared this post before, but I wanted to share it again to remind y'all of the wonderful, non-wedding events that our team does! Whitney Phillips from WDPhotography photographed the event, and her pictures are so lovely! 

Ashley hosted the shower for her younger sister, Melissa, and sweet baby Charlotte Marie. Ashley has impeccable style and creative ideas, and she and our team were able to create a beautiful, elegant shower with the most beautiful details! Ashley's inspiration for the theme started with a photo Melissa showed her of umbrellas hanging over a set table. "As always, I shared the image with Lesleigh and her wheels started turning," Ashley said. "I'm not a big fan of traditional baby showers. Plastic tablecloths and a sign that says baby girl or boy on it with giraffes or sail boats. I wanted to stay as far away from the 'typical' as possible." We don't do anything "typical" at The Barn, so of course we stayed far away from traditional, boring baby shower decor. ;)

Melissa also loves Alice in Wonderland, so Ashley wanted vintage-inspired details from the story incorporated into the decor. She called it more of an Alice in Wonderland "feeling" than a theme... It wasn't over-the-top, but there were enough Alice details throughout to tie it all together! There were tea cups filled with pink and white florals, feminine ruffled tablecloths and sequined chevron runners, pink and gold place settings, and vintage-inspired umbrellas over the tables, with strings of pearls "raining" down. 

TheCakePlace made the most gorgeous, detailed vintage Alice in Wonderland-inspired cake, as well as "eat me" and "drink me" cookies. Adorable! The gold watch and teacup on the cake are killing me!

The shower took place mid-afternoon, so instead of providing a full meal, there were finger foods and a really fun cravings station!  "The craving table was inspired by my sister's pregnancy cravings, which included glazed donuts, Carmelos and Hershey's cookies and cream candy bars!" 

All good baby showers involve games, but we all know how cheesy and not fun they can be. Ashley chose fun, tasteful games and activities, including a "What's in your purse?" game and another game in which guests tried to name the Disney movie that goes to the Disney song. Fun and not at all tacky! :)

We were honored to plan this baby shower for Melissa and baby Charlotte, and I loved Ashley's reason for asking The Barn to help her out with this event! "I have six children, two of which are 1 year old twin girls, so I have zero time to plan large events!" Ashley said. "Being able to call Lesleigh and plan a beautiful event over the phone and through emails is absolutely amazing! I loved everything about the shower and wouldn't have changed anything!" 

Banquet at The Barn 2018

Last month, we had a super fun event for a local non-profit, Equestrian Zone: Riding For A Reason. You can read all about them and what they do here! The event included a chuckwagon dinner, rider exhibition, silent auction (which always features SO many great items), dancing, and a night of fun, all for a good cause! Our team was honored to have been a part of a fundraiser for such a deserving group. 

This year's event was extra special because it was a celebration of Equestrian Zone's 10 year anniversary. This was our third year to host the event, and it's something we always look forward to every year! It was a huge success again this year, and we always love working with this amazing organization! The event is always full of excellent food, great items up for grabs at the silent auction, plenty of adorable kids, an exciting rider demonstration, and so much more. It's always super PRETTY as well, and my fave detail this year was, hands down, the AMAZING cake by Sweet Sensations Cakes.

Thanks to Kurt Jones Photography for these gorgeous photos! 

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The most amazing cake EVER! (Photo from  our Instagram )

The most amazing cake EVER! (Photo from our Instagram)

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Equestrian Zone's Banquet at The Barn

Have you ever wanted to attend an event at The Barn AND support an amazing organization all at the same time?! Now's your chance! It's not often that you can attend an event at The Barn, so if you've always wanted to, come on out on Saturday, April 7! The 10th Annual Boots and Benefactors Banquet at The Barn will include a rider demo, a delicious chuckwagon dinner, a silent auction, and so much more. This is our third year to host Banquet at The Barn, and we're thrilled! You can get a glimpse into all the fun from the last two years here and here

Banquet at The Barn is a charity event for a deserving non-profit organization whose mission we love. Equestrian Zone: Riding For A Reason provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy to individuals with disabilities, and we're so excited to partner with them again for a night of fun and fundraising! 

Here is what the folks at Equestrian Zone said about their 10th anniversary: "We are so proud to be hitting this milestone of our 10 year anniversary and knowing how many special needs children we are helping. Just last week, we had a mother tell us how she hasn't slept in 10 years, but after her son has been receiving equine assisted therapy at Equestrian Zone, she is now getting to sleep through the night because it is her son's first time to sleep through the night. Isn't it awesome to be a part of something that isn't just changing the child's life, but also helping the parents! We truly appreciate you all for this wonderful place to have our banquet to help these children have just a sliver of hope, for so many things that many of us take for granted. They are learning how to take their first steps, dress themselves and many other skills. What a blessing... thank you!"

THIS is why we love teaming up with this organization... we are not only able to have a night of fun, but we also are helping to change the lives of many, many children in our area! 

Equestrian Zone: Riding For A Reason is a non-profit organization in Russellville, Arkansas, whose mission is “both to improve the lives of persons with special needs/disabilities and to facilitate functional independence with increased self-confidence and improved skills of daily living through the use of safe and enjoyable therapeutic equine-assisted activities,” according to Jodi Kusturin, Equestrian Zone's Executive Director and Physical Therapist.

The organization serves both children and adults who have a wide range of physical, mental, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Anyone between the ages of 3 and 70 with a disability can apply to be a part of the program. Jodi said individuals with the following disabilities benefit from equine-assisted therapy: Amputees, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disabilities, Genetic Syndromes, Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Sensory Integration Disorders, Speech-Language Disorders, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury/Stroke, and Visual Impairment.

“Therapy using equine movement differs from traditional therapy in that it provides multidimensional movement that is variable, rhythmic, and repetitive,” Jodi said. “It is therapy allowing functional progress in neuro-muscular development to be achieved effectively, as backed by research from the medical community.”

Equestrian Zone provides two programs: Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding. Hippotherapy, which is derived from the Greek word for horse, is an “integrated treatment strategy lead by licensed health care professionals for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy utilizing equine movements,” Jodi said. Therapeutic Riding is a variety of equine activities that put an emphasis on riding skills development.

“Any therapy which improves a disabled person’s ability to perform activities of daily living is therapy which promotes greater independence and quality of life,” Jodi said. “Supporting our fundraiser for Equestrian Zone’s Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs will help our disabled children gain greater independence and self-confidence, which also will help their families. In addition, successful clients are more inclined to experience job integration with transition to adulthood.”

“A disabled person who can use the bathroom independently, walk without assistance, prepare his or her own meals, and communicate his or her needs, is a person who can dare to dream of an alternative future because of Equestrian Zone’s programs,” she said. “Equestrian Zone provides a treatment tool that has proven itself with many firsts:  an 8-year-old boy’s first words, a little girl’s first time writing her name, and walking for the very first time.  Equestrian Zone partners in miracles through our 4-legged gentle giants.  Equestrian Zone provides the client with an environment where possibility replaces limitation, where children and adults believe in themselves and learn the unbridled power of the words ‘I CAN.’”

We love Equestrian Zone’s mission, and we are so excited to host such a great fundraiser event for them! As I mentioned, there will be so many great things to look forward to at this event! It will feature a gorgeous venue, a delicious chuckwagon dinner, a rider exhibition, dancing, a silent auction, and an unforgettable night of fun at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch! 

Tickets for the event are $40 prior to the event or $50 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on Equestrian Zone’s website or at Recovery Zone Pediatric Therapy. Put on your favorite glam Western wear and join us on April 7, from 5 to 9 pm, for a fabulous time that will benefit a worthy organization! For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page or Equestrian Zone’s website.