The State Fair Community College Foundation’s annual fundraiser will take place March 10 in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center, featuring live bands and karaoke. The theme this year is Sangria Sunset.

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The fundraising event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. The menu includes  cocktails and appetizers, dinner and a dessert dash. A live auction will also be held, along with live bands and karaoke.

Dr. Joe Gilgour, dean of Student and Academic Support Services, will be master of ceremonies. The proceeds will benefit the technical education facility.

“We are excited to offer another social event that features good food and fun and supports the college’s mission to grow and empower our students and communities,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “I’m looking forward to spending time with valued friends and partners and continuing the conversation about the importance and value of our technical programs to the region.”

SFCC says a new feature this year is two live bands for entertainment and dancing. One Track Train will start the evening. The six-member band, which is based in central Missouri, plays American roots music including bluegrass, blues, country, folk, and gospel. The Young Guns, a country cover band from Chicago, performs and offers live band karaoke.

According to a press release from SFCC, the live auction features custom items made by students and faculty in the college's technical education programs, among other items. Welding students are making benches, tables and a uniquely designed fire pit. Career and Technology Center students have built a 10 ft. by 14 ft. wooden framed, metal-sided storage shed for the auction.

The Automotive program will offer a car-care package, and the Machining program is working on a decorative item as well. As more information becomes available, it will be posted here. Garber Auctioneer will conduct the auction.

“The planning committee had fun organizing this year’s event,” said Mary Treuner, executive director of the SFCC Foundation. “Last year’s guests enjoyed listening to the music and dancing, so we decided to bring live bands to the event this year. It will be a relaxing evening and an opportunity to shine a light on our students and technical programs that are important to our communities’ economic vitality.”

Sangria Sunset tickets are $100 per person. Individuals, groups or businesses also may reserve tables of ten for $1,000.

SFCC suggests casual attire be worn during the event. Parking is available in front of the Davis Multipurpose Center.

Reservations are due by February 23.

To reserve seats and to buy spirits for guest tables, call the foundation at 660-530-5811 or visit sfccmo.edu.