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Gala to raise money for scholarships for Roane student writers

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The 2013 Student Writers Scholarship Gala, a fundraising event, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

“Sentenced to Write” is the theme of this year’s event, a partnership between Roane Writers Group and Roane County Heritage Commission.

Antebellum-costumed greeters and other period characters will mingle with guests.

The gala is the primary fundraiser for the scholarships and prizes awarded to winners of Roane Writers Group’s annual Student Writing Contest.

Along with guest speakers, including strong supporter and perennial favorite Bill Landry, the event will also feature an art exhibition sponsored by the Arts Council of Roane County, live entertainment, a wine-and-cheese table, a live auction, and cooked-to-order, fire-seared Asian cuisine.

“We are delighted that the Heritage Commission has offered the stately old courthouse as the venue for this year’s Gala,” said Writers Group President B.J. Gillum.

“The building's history and ambience will make an elegant setting for our all-important event,” he added.

“Everyone at the Commission has been extremely gracious in ensuring we’ll have everything we need, and we are proud to support their efforts to preserve this centerpiece of Roane County history."

Attendance at the Gala is by invitation only and requires a minimum donation of $35 per person.

In addition to monetary donations, the Writers Group seeks the donation of goods and services for the fundraising auction schedule to take place at the Gala.

Members of the public are encouraged to request an invitation and offer auction items by emailing bjgillum@comcast.net.

The Roane Writers Group is a non-profit organization operating under the Kingston
Library Foundation and the Arts Council of Roane County.

Its mission is to encourage new writers through collective mentoring.

The group sponsors an annual writing contest for students, presenting scholarships and cash awards to winners.

The group collects the winning and other outstanding entries of each contest into a professionally published Anthology.

Copies of the latest Anthology are available to the public for a donation of $10.

Go to the Kingston Public Library at 1004 Bradford Way or call 376-9905 for Anthology details.