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!
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.
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 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.
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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 Company, Quiznos, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Go ahead and mark your calendar for next year’s Denim & Diamonds on April 27, 2019!