Annual fundraiser for first-generation students heads online

A virtual celebration of education in Niagara will be served up with a side of pasta next month.

With in-person galas unable to take place, the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS) has decided to revamp the annual Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas fundraiser so participants can enjoy it safely from the comfort of their own homes.

Held Thursday, May 6, the event raises funds for bursaries that support DSBN Academy students, who are each the first in their families to attend post-secondary education.

The fundraiser traditionally welcomes a room full of people to dine and dance while sporting their best denim clothing and jewelry; however, a new format was needed this year.

Instead of the standard dinner, dancing and prize draws, participants are able to safely pick up a hot meal from Club Roma before tuning in for a motivational online symposium from 7 to 9 p.m. DSBN Academy students will share their stories and two keynote speakers will discuss community influences in education.

The event will also include a multi-day silent auction with numerous prizes for participants to bid on.

In spite of the change in format, BLCS member Alex Bula said the funds raised are as important as ever for the students they assist.

“These students are so passionate about education,” she said. “This little bit of extra help can make a huge difference and help these young learners and Niagara to flourish. We know they can be the future leaders of this region.”

The event may look different this year, but the focus on the importance of education will remain, Bula said.

“We are trying to create a community vibe online and to provide a special thank you for educators at all levels in Niagara,” she said. “After all everyone has been through in the last year, we all deserve to have a fun time celebrating safely online, together.”

To learn more and sign up for the virtual symposium, visit the Denim, Diamonds and Diplomas website.

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