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Craig S. Coleman Scholarship Foundation raises funds with Masquerade Ball

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Kandyce Island poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Kandyce Island poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

The Craig S. Coleman Scholarship Foundation helps students interested in the arts and hopes to raise funds with its first Many Faces of Hope Masquerade Ball & Silent Auction.

The foundation was founded by Dwight Coleman in 2010, two years after his father, Craig S. Coleman, died. Dwight’s father was passionate about the arts and was a leader in his community. The foundation’s purpose is to help students further their education within the arts and leadership. Dwight also established the program to further his father’s legacy.

Kandyce Island, a foundation board member, has been involved with the program for about four months and said The Many Faces of Hope Masquerade Ball will soon become a yearly tradition.

“The ball is a dinner where we’re giving people who are interested in helping students excel in the arts a chance to come together to make donations so we can continue to give scholarships to students,” Island said.

The masquerade ball is a black tie affair that will feature live music, appetizers, a dinner, door prizes and a silent auction. The event is open to the public, and Island said attendees will have the chance to meet with board members one-on-one to ask questions or present ideas. The cost to attend is $40 per person or $500 for a table.

Island believes in The Craig S. Coleman Foundation because it benefits those who come from humble beginnings, like Island, Dwight and Dwight’s father. Island grew up in California and never thought she would earn two degrees. She said a strong support system is what got her where she is today, and she believes the foundation does the same for the scholarship recipients.

Students who receive the scholarship do not have to attend a certain school. The student does have to major in the arts, whether it’s visual arts, creative writing or theater arts. Students can also major in a degree pertaining to leadership. Island said these subjects were the basis of the scholarships.

“The foundation was launched to honor his father and what he did in the community ... to be able to help [young people] accomplish their dreams,” Island said.

The scholarship is provided throughout a student’s college career, but the student has to reapply each year. Island said the amount of the scholarships varies each year and the masquerade ball is just one of many events advancing the foundation’s scholarships.

To apply for the scholarships, students can find the application on The Craig S. Coleman Scholarship Foundation Facebook page. Community members interested in attending the ball may purchase tickets at eventbrite.com. It will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Del City Community Center, 3701 SE 15th St., Del City. Donations to The Craig S. Coleman Scholarship and Foundation can be made at eventbrite.com.

Print headline: Scholarship party, The Many Faces of Hope Masquerade Ball raises funds for those interested in the arts and leadership.

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