Over 160 people attended the “Relay for Life” dinner sponsored by the Christian County C-E-O, or “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities” program for county high school seniors, Saturday night at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
The event was created by the 9 C-E-O students, to raise funds for their business start-up's, and 15-percent of the proceeds also went to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Following dinner catered by Queen B's Catering, the interim executive director of the Midland Institute in Effingham, Cheryl Mitchell, told those gathered that she resigned her grade school teaching position on December 4th, and started her position as interim executive director at the Institute December 8th.
And, Mitchell added that school doesn't give high school students the chance to be an individual, while the C-E-O program does give those enrolled in the program the opportunity to do that.
Following Mitchell's remarks, a host of items were auctionned by local auctioneer and C-E-O board member Joe Curvey.
And, silent auction and 50/50 raffle drawing winners were then announced.
The winner of a golf car, donated by Battery Specialists Plus Golf Cars, was Bill Beyers.
Christian County C-E-O facilitator Dick Adams told Regional Radio News following the event, that he was very proud of the work the 9 C-E-O students did in holding the event.
The Christian County C-E-O program is open to high school seniors in Christian County, and utilizes area businesses as classrooms from 7:30 til 9 each school day. Students earn 2 high school credits, and the program is entirely funded by business investors. Recruiting visits to Christian County high schools for next year's C-E-O class, will begin in the coming days. For more information and for an application to participate in next year's program, go to christiancountyc-e-o-dot-com.