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CSRA businesses support Masquerade Gala’s Scholarships of Hope program

If you are heading to the Aiken Junior Woman’s Club Masquerade Gala this weekend, you’re in for an evening of masks, music, food, and fun, but the real highlight of the event is the purpose…Scholarships of Hope.

The Masquerade Gala is Saturday, Feb. 19, 7-11 p.m. at the Big Red Barn in Aiken.

More than 14 companies have lined up to support the event, including Heycon Construction, Reads Moving Systems of Carolina, G&S Computing, and the Cline Group of Meybohm Real Estate.


For Kurt Mueller, Wealth Management Advisor with Apollon, sponsorship was an easy decision.

Kurt Mueller sponsors the Scholarships of Hope program.

“This is about service to our community. I consider myself a lifelong learner and Scholarships of Hope provides opportunities for higher education,” Mueller explained.

Last year, the club’s benefit event was able to award $500 scholarships to 15 high school seniors, young ladies with good grades and a volunteer spirit. Grayson Brackett was one of those winners.

She is a freshman at the University of Georgia majoring in business management with a minor in marketing. Grayson aspires to work for her stepdad’s company, Augusta Communications.

Grayson Brackett was a recipient of a Scholarship of Hope and now attends the University of Georgia.

“I was very excited and honored to receive the scholarship last year from the Aiken Junior Woman’s Club.”

She has worked hard to prove worthy of the award. Grayson made the Dean’s list last semester.

“I’ve encouraged my friends back home to apply because college is expensive, and this is a great opportunity to defer some of those costs,” she said.

The expense of higher education is one of the reasons White Rose Eclectics owner, Martha Wise became an event sponsor.

“There are lots of deserving young women who just don’t have money for college.” Wise said. “This is their shot to succeed.”

Martha is also sponsoring a mask contest for the gala and if you don’t have your mask, her shop carries a variety of custom embellished designs.

Custom-made masks are available at White Rose Eclectics.

For more information on the event, visit the Aiken Junior Woman’s Club Facebook page.

It’s almost certain to be a great evening and you’ll be providing help and hope for a group of potential business leaders.

Editor’s Note:
Mitzi Oxford is a veteran broadcaster and features writer who also worked at the same television station in Columbus, Georgia as Augusta’s Brad Means! 

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