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Fun while Fun-draising!

Written By: Artex, , Events
This years event brought in over $37,000 in funds and in-kind donations to help improve the Shawnee Senior Center.


We had so much FUN while FUN-draising at this year’s BLUE JEANS BALL on January 19, 2019, when the Shawnee Senior Center held its second annual Blue Jeans Ball Fundraising event – this year at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort! Line dancing, bull ridin’,boot scootin’ & dang good BBQ in the beautifully decorated – thank you, Sylvia & crew!

We’ve made a lot of progress this year with increasing activity at the center, growing our programs and improving the center. We feel that the Shawnee Senior Center has become a presence in the Shawnee community, and it’s because of events like the Blue Jeans Ball that help us connect with people who believe in our mission. That’s why we wanted to personally thank everyone who came out on that frigid night to support the efforts of the Shawnee Senior Center and “boot scootin’ boogie” with us!



Music by BlackWater Smoke

The evening’s festivities kicked off at 6pm with live music from Blackwater Smoke. An incredibly talented five-man, local Shawnee Band formerly known as The Geoff Scott Band. The band played to the end of the evening, performing classics from both country & western, classic & southern rock genres. If you’ve never heard them before, I encourage you to check out their facebook page: BlackWater Smoke


Barbequee & Cash Bar

We had the pleasure of our event being catered by The Grand Casino Casino Hotel Resort. A full Bar-B-Que platter was arranged with three (3) meats, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, dinner salad, and hot buns! A cash bar was also set up to supply the crowd refreshments.


Mechanical Bull rides

New to the Blue Jeans Ball event was the mechanical bull. This fun event was provided by Extreme Inflatables Inc.


Silent Auction

Generous supporters provided many donation items for our silent auction. We had custom jewelry, a walnut wood sculpture donated by Chief Jerry Haney, a basket full of pecan goodies, romantic stay-cation packages, baskets that included home-brew beers & ciders from Bit Man and Devil’s Backbone micro-brewery beer, home-made wine from Mills Estate, and a whole lot more. Our silent auction raised in over $1,700. The funds from the Blue Jeans Ball will help us support programs and services we offer at the Shawnee Senior Center such as our Meals, Fitness, and Activities Programs.
Special Thanks to these Silent Auction Donors:
Automax Dodge Jeep & Chrysler
Bricktown Brewery
Benson Park Pecans
Broadway Liquor
Bobbie Doss
Scott Barbee
Boomerang Diner
Bridgett Ann pottery
Christine Bly
Chuck Mills Bit-Man Brewing & Mills Estates
Discount Tires
Denny’s Restaurant
Extreme Inflatiables
Freddy’s Custard
Firelake Bowling Center
Hampton Inn Shawnee
Jim Cross
Jeanie Rimer
Justine Thompson-Devil’s Backbone Brewing
Loretta Groves
M’s Dispensary
Mayme’s Miss & Mrs
Marquis Furniture
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Neal’s Furniture
Mary Ann Odneal
Rib Crib
Red Lobster
Studio 112 & a half
S&S Feed
Shawnee Feed Center
Spirits Liquor
Savvy Bites
Sweet Southern Swank
Stowe’s Office Furniture
Vision Bank
Visit Shawnee



Special Thanks

We want to thank everyone who came out to our event – this was only our second Blue Jeans Ball. It was an especially cold night – so you who braved the arctic temperatures to support us are awesome! Also, we want to thank our partners who’ve been instrumental not only in helping us during this event but for your ongoing support throughout the year:

Partner thanks:
City of Shawnee
The Grand Casino Hotel Resort – Presenting Sponsor
Avedis Foundation – Food and Beverage Sponsor
Walmart Foundation – Annual Sponsor
Shawnee Milling Company – Annual Sponsor
Citizen Potawatomi Nation – Annual Sponsor
COEDD-Area Agency on Aging – Annual Sponsor
Route66 Creative –
Shawnee CTV
Gateway to Prevention & Recovery
Table Sponsors
Primrose Retirement Community
M’s Dispensary
Boomerang Diner
The Regency skilled nursing
Harrison Discount Pharmacy
Mrz Lizzie’s Home Rentals

Please comment below and let us know if you came or not and what you thought about the Blue Jeans Ball event! Feel free to post your photos from the event in the comments! And a Special Thanks to everyone who attended!

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