"Kick on, slide on or squeeze into your jazziest jeans" encourages a flyer for a first-time event that will feature the "culinary skills of area celebrities;" a "jazzy jean" contest in which the winner gets a "Red Carpet package" makeover courtesy of Legal Hair and Day Spa in Steubenville; and music, dancing and a cash bar.
It's all in the name of having a fun evening out while supporting the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, according to event co-chairs Patricia Fletcher, vice president of the center's board, and Janet Sharpe, its secretary.
"Jazzy Jeans and Jewels" is a new fundraiser that will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church located at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and are available by contacting Sharpe at (740) 632-1144; at the health center located at 701 N. Fourth St., Steubenville; or from any committee member. Tickets also will be available at the door.
EVENT CO-CHAIRS — Patricia Fletcher, left, and Janet Sharpe, vice president and secretary, respectively, of the board of the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, are co-chairing a first-time fundraiser to benefit the center. “Jazzy Jeans and Jewels,” which will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Hellenic Hall, 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville, will feature a variety of specialty food and desserts provided by celebrity chefs; a “Jazzy Jean” contest; a cash bar; and music and dancing. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and are available by calling Sharpe at (740) 632-1144; at the health center located at 701 N. Fourth St., Steubenville; or from any committee member.
-- Janice Kiaski
The event will feature a variety of foods and desserts provided and served by "celebrity chefs" who will include Dr. John Hyland, Dr. Pervaiz Rahman, Dr. Pat Macedonia, Mayor Domenick Mucci, Keith Murdock, Joe Ighnat, James Baber, LeRoy Sharpe, Mary Lynch of the YWCA, Judy Manfred, Jonathan Littlejohn, Dr. Tom Brown, Todd Phillipson, Indian Creek Schools Superintendent John Rocci, the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, Rob Rendulic, Bob Villamagna, the Rev. Clint Quillen and Matt Parise of Mama G's.
All the "chefs" will be wearing chef's hats, according to the event co-chairs.
Patrons can sample a variety of foods, and enjoy a cash bar in addition to music and dancing to disc jockey Ross Ivkovich.
In addition, patrons of the event are urged to come dressed in "jazzy jeans" and their favorite glittery jewelry, and that goes for men and women, according to Fletcher and Sharpe.
There will be a contest judging the "jazzy favorites." By 7 p.m., a panel of judges will select five or six people from the audience who are wearing what they consider to be the "jazziest" outfit, according to Sharpe. They'll be given a name tag, and a jar with their name on it will allow everyone in attendance to vote for their favorite outfit. The "cost" is $1 per vote.
"We will select them (the candidates) at 7 p.m. or so and let them parade around a while," Sharpe said of what's "the biggest part of the fundraiser that night."
The winner who has collected the most money gets the "red carpet package" makeover from Legal Hair and Day Spa in Steubenville.
"I think it's going to be a lot of fun, and it targets a different group from what we get at the gala. It's not a formal thing," Sharpe said of the event.
"It's something different, and it's just going to be a fun night out," said Fletcher, who brought the idea for the event to the forefront, adopting the premise of it from an event she attended in Little Rock, Ark., where her son lives. "I thought it would be a great idea for us to try this," Fletcher said.
The goal is to raise $5,000, according to Fletcher and Sharpe, who explained that the health center board members have been individually challenged this year to organize other fundraisers in addition to the key event, which is the annual gala. This year's gala will be held April 27 at St. Florian Hall.
All proceeds from the Feb. 1 event will benefit the center, which come spring hopes to open a dental clinic.