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Black Tie & Blue Jeans fundraiser on deck

Benefit helps fund Chance to Become scholarship for St. Helens teens


The Deer Island Stock Ranch will again host the Columbia Learning Center's biannual benefit, Black Tie and Blue Jeans, on Saturday, Aug. 3. The fundraiser is held every two years on the first Saturday of August at the huge ranch. “We've been able to keep this one of the premier fundraisers in the county thanks to a continued effort in being creative and unique,” said Marion Christensen, vice president of the learning center, in a statement.

Black Tie and Blue Jeans is the main fundraiser supporting the Chance to Become Scholarship, which targets non-traditional scholarship candidates and has no application process. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and will run into the night, with a barbecue dinner served at 6 p.m. and live music by the Linda Myers Band beginning at 9 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $60 and can be purchased at Avenue 30 in Scappoose, Insurance Services Northwest in St. Helens or at the Columbia Learning Center itself. Tables can be purchased as well. Auction lots will include elk and duck hunting packages, rafting trips and a Bengal kitten, among others.