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Get out your best flannel for Okemo’s Flannel With Flair benefit

On Jan. 26, Okemo Valley residents and visitors will fancy up their finest flannel shirts, denim jeans and work boots for the social event of the season. Flannel with Flair, an Okemo Community Challenge benefit, will take place in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore, starting at 7 p.m.

Following cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, attendees will enjoy dinner prepared by Okemo Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his Coleman Brook Tavern staff. Music by The All Nighters will keep those work boots stompin' on the dance floor 'til the cows come home. Silent and live auctions will feature items donated by generous local business owners who support the Okemo Community Challenge.

Previously known as the Ski Ball, Flannel with Flair has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist educational and charitable endeavors in Ludlow and the surrounding communities. The Okemo Community Challenge was founded to benefit students in the elementary and high schools in Cavendish, Chester, Mount Holly, Ludlow, Plymouth, and Springfield. In the early years, OCC focused on updating technology in classrooms, then moved to provide and sustain opportunities to integrate the arts into core curriculum, to support teacher partnership and collaboration, and to further professional development. It played a role in fostering relationships between the local schools and community organizations with "partnership" grants, helping students gain a better understanding of their communities and the impact they can have as contributing citizens. This year, Flannel with Flair will continue the Ski Ball tradition, generating funds for OCC to offer challenge grants to worthy nonprofit organizations in the community.

Last year's fundraiser generated funds to provide grant opportunities to the Ludlow schools, to assist Hurricane Irene victims and help community nonprofit organizations.

For more information, or to reserve seating, call Joyce Washburn at 802-228-1965, email jwashburn@okemo.com, or call Kathy Burns at 802-228-8877.