Senior projects are an important send off for many of Bexley's graduating class.

Senior projects are an important send off for many of Bexley's graduating class.

"They're a quality, real-world study or review that allows students to integrate all they've learned," Superintendent Michael Johnson said.

In November, when Bexley High School seniors Amy Braun and Ross Darwin talked about their projects, they developed the idea of a formal dinner and dance to raise funds for the Columbus YWCA Family Center, 900 Harvey Court, a shelter for homeless families.

From their efforts came a formal evening of dinner and dance called, "Home Sweet Home," held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 10, at Tartan East Golf Club, 6140 Babbitt Road in New Albany.

The event also includes a silent auction of sports memorabilia, Braun said. The students are hoping to receive additional donated items for the auction, she said.

Braun said she hopes the event will raise $25,000 for the center. To date the students have raised $10,000 through ticket sales and corporate sponsors, Braun said.

Tickets for the "Home Sweet Home" event cost $150. Varying levels of sponsorship, all of which include two tickets, are available. They are bronze for $500, silver for $750, gold for $1,000 and platinum for more than $1,000. The tickets include the choice of chicken or beef for dinner and an evening of dancing.

To reserve tickets, become a sponsor or donate silent auction items to "Home Sweet Home," call (614) 507-5976.

"We wanted to leave a mark and try to help out in the community before we left for college," Darwin said.

"We rely on the community to provide us with everyday things such as toiletries and supplies for the families that need our help," said Rodney Francis, spokesman for the YWCA Family Center. "Support like this from Amy and Ross is highly important to us."

The event has been an undertaking for the two students, who have been very professional in their approach, Francis said.

"They have done a wonderful job in executing their vision," Francis said. "They came to us wanting to help the center and they decided on an adult prom night. These young people should be applauded for their efforts that are highly professional."

While the event was born from the senior project concept, both Braun and Darwin also will be involved in projects beyond the fundraiser. Braun said she will be volunteering six hours a day until the end of May at the YWCA. She will enter Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall on a tennis scholarship.

"I'm going to study political science," Braun said. "Social issues concern me. My dream job, after going to law school, would be to be a lobbyist or go into constitutional law."

Darwin will be an intern at The Limited from May 5-31, he said. He plans to study economics and has narrowed his college choices to Duke University, Stanford University and Davidson College.

bbutcher@thisweeknews.com

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