Graduation with a ‘green’ legacy

Leadership Blount Class of 2009 ends year with gala, graduation festivities

Each year one of the hardest duties of the Leadership Blount classes is deciding just which deserving charity, issue, cause or group will be the recipient of the class Legacy Project.

The Class of 2009 had their green-colored glasses on and decided to leave their footprint on environmental education. The class knew they wanted to do something in the environmental area, but wanted to do more than just a fund raiser, said class member Michelle Hankes. So the class combined a gala evening and silent auction at Royal Oaks Event Center with a Go Green theme to raise funds for Blount educators to use to plan and implement environmental education programs in their classrooms.

The Go Green Gala attracted Leadership Blount alum, current class members, local business and community leaders and other friends and supporters who bought tickets and bid on Silent Auction items to raise funds for the legacy project.

Final totals were expected to be approximately $5,000 available for educators to use for environmental activities.

Following closely to the Go Green Gala was the class graduation, where Leadership Blount alums, business and community leaders and friends and family of the graduating class gathered at Smithwood Pavilion to give the hard-working class a good send-off. Graduation Day began with the last Leadership Blount Class of 2009 session, which started with breakfast and a session on dance at Appalachian Ballet studios.

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