CIS Gala will benefit children

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On average, a high school dropout costs $127,000 in community support services over their lifetime. This means the 137 students who dropped out of Brunswick County schools in 2010 will cost taxpayers $17,399,000.
“Keeping kids in schools benefits everyone and, therefore, is everyone’s responsibility,” said Joan Madsen, chair of the Community in Schools’ Board of Directors. “Our Dropout Prevention Program is critical to the success of our students, their families and Brunswick County.”
The CIS 11th annual Benefit Gala for Children is dedicated to strengthening this program offered at Cedar Grove, Leland and Shallotte middle schools.
The gala is an opportunity for the community to come together to bring additional resources to the schools. Many businesses, civic groups and individuals have made commitments to local children and families with their support of this event. Progress Energy is this year’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include: St. James Properties, LLC; Walt and Joan Madsen; N.C. Senator Bill Rabon; Cynthia Hauman; Archer Daniels Midland Company; J. Taylor and Rosemarie Allen Ryan.
The Cape Fear Regional Jetport will host the gala on Oct. 18. The evening will include “A Taste of Brunswick County” provided by the area’s finest chefs, live and silent auctions, 50/50 raffles and music by The Andrew Thielen Big Band.
To learn how to participate in the gala and help support vital services for children and families, contact Mark Koval, CIS resource development director, or visit www.cisbrunswick.org.