There's nothing quite like teaching kids the lifetime skills of how to behave in social settings, according Eagle Valley Cotillion organizer Mary Boyd.
That's why she has helped bring Denver-based Jon D. Williams Cotillions to the valley for the past several years and that's why she was sorely disappointed when it looked as if the 2011 program would be canceled.
"We had a bunch of kids sign up, but not quite enough to offer the class," Boyd said.
So not only was Boyd disappointed, around 30 local youngsters and their families were also saddened to hear that the event didn't hit the approximately 80 participants needed to justify the travel and expenses sustained by the Jon D. Williams organization to offer an Eagle Valley cotillion. Then, Boyd said, a "random act of kindness" saved the day.
The Grisham family of Texas has stepped up to underwrite a significant portion of the Eagle Valley Cotillion program. Thanks to the family's donation, classes will cost only $25 per student compared to the regular tuition of $140 for younger students and $170 for older kids.
"This has given me so much faith in humanity," said Boyd. "The Grisham family is making it possible to do this beautiful cotillion for only $25. This is a tremendous opportunity for every child in the community to participate."
"Jon D. Williams Cotillions would like to thank the Grisham family for their support and enthusiasm in making this cotillion education possible," said a press release from the organization's Denver headquarters.
Cotillion classes will begin Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Brush Creek Pavilion. Fourth- and fifth-graders will attend class between 5 and 6 p.m., and sixth- through eighth-graders will attend between 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The remaining cotillion schedule is as follows:
• Sunday, Dec. 4 - Dining Etiquette and Manners
• Sunday, Dec. 11 - Final Party and Parents Night. (Parents of fourth- and fifth-graders are invited to attend from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Parents of sixth- through eighth-graders are invited to attend from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.)
"We want to encourage families to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity," said Boyd. She hopes that by Sunday, the 2011 cotillion enrollment will hit as many as 200 participants.-
Registration for the Eagle Valley program is open at www.cotillion.com. All families will need to re-register at the new price. Anyone who needs password assistance can call the customer relations department at (303) 789-1447. For more information about the local program, contact Boyd at 390-9455.