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Glenforest School’s “Bobby Jones Bulldog Boogie Bash” an opportunity to cut a rug for a good cause t

Event at Seawells highlighted by “The Entertainers” performance and a silent auction

West Columbia, SC (James Bowers) - For over three decades, Glenforest School has given children who struggle in a traditional learning environment an opportunity to reach their potential. As a private school, it must provide its own funding. They do this through tuition and with the help of kind donors such as Bobby Jones. Jones was a longtime public educator who saw the benefits of Glenforest after his autistic grandson began attending the school. It was Jones who came up with an idea that community members were sure to love, an evening that combined crowd pleasing beach music with great food and drinks while raising money for Glenforest and its mission.

In 2016, the idea came alive with the inaugural Bulldog Boogie Bash. It featured a live performance from popular regional beach music and R&B performers The Entertainers and a silent auction to raise funding the school’s operational costs and academic programs.

For 2018, the Boogie Bash will be named in honor of Jones who recently passed away. The Entertainers are back again this year along with excellent dining and beverage options anyone who’s ever been to Seawells knows to expect. Among the items at the silent auction are all-access passes to the Monster Energy NASCAR Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, artwork by local artist Carl Wilkes, and a handcrafted afghan rug made by a Glenforest parent. These are just a few of the items that folks who attend can win at the silent auction.

All proceeds from the event will go to Glenforest School and its missions. As part of its efforts to better educate children with learning differences and prepare them for adulthood, the school opened its functional classroom in 2017. Here, students are taught valuable life skills such as cooking, cleaning, and other important tasks they’ll need for adulthood. The school also recently received the necessary DSS certification to open a daycare center for 3 and 4-year olds. This will allow the school to provide early intervention to these students.

Fundraising efforts such as the Boogie Bash allows the school to undertake these projects as well as others that better the education and lives for children with learning disabilities like Autism.

Tickets for tonight’s event are $60 for individuals and $100 for couples. They can be purchased at the door. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. Seawells is located at 1125 Rosewood Drive near the SC State Fairgrounds.

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