It’s a hot ticket.

Each year, the Elegance event at Navarro College brings in about $40,000 to $60,000 to the Navarro College Foundation. The foundation in turn allocates the money with the focus on student scholarships. Tickets for this year’s event are going fast, according to Event Coordinator Susan Johnson.

“We’re finding a lot more people that are willing support our cause,” she said.

As of Thursday afternoon at press time, there is a waiting list of 40 people for tickets simply because the event is sold out. Last week, the events organizers were hoping that some of the corporate table sponsors from New York and Virginia would not fill all their seats.

“We found out that they will be using all of their available seats, which they are certainly entitled to do because they sponsored the table,” Johnson said.

The only other viable option for the organizers is to maintain the waiting list until the day before the event.

“I know that there are some people who are surprised that they might not be able to attend the event,” Johnson said. “We’re very thankful for their support. This is the first time we’ve had this happen.”

This year’s event will have even more firsts, as well. This year, the organizers have raised the table sponsorship rates for the four different levels. The addition of the platinum tables to the long-standing gold, silver and bronze tables gives the foundation a chance to raise even more money.

“(Raising the rates) is very scary because you don’t know how it will turn out,” Johnson said. “ We were very excited because that (platinum table) was the first sponsor table sold. That was the first thing that happened. We’ve also had many businesses to donate to our live and silent auction items.”

They not only have one platnum table booked — but two.

At press time Thursday, they had completely booked every other sponsorship table as well.

Another new thing that will occur at the event is there will be blackjack tables to entertain guests. Don’t get your hopes up about winning any money.

“They’ll be playing for competition and points to use during the live and silent auction,” Johnson said.

This year’s theme for elegance is Realizing Educational Dreams (RED) and is designed to incorporate the heart and soul behind the purpose of Navarro College and reflect the desire for students to better themselves through higher education.

Next year though, they’ll be looking to make some more changes as well.

“We’ll either have to move to a larger location or find a way to accomodate more seating,” Johnson said.

For more information, contact the office of Marketing and Public Information at Navarro College at 903-875-7339.


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