|Lainey Koncor (from left), a La Salle-Peru Township High School senior, Deb Parisot, graphic design instructor at the Area Career Center and Tami Thomas-Leonatti and Cherie Reynolds, co-organizers of the Black and White Ball, discuss design ideas for new auction item posters.|
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The Black and White Ball will be 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Senica’s Oak Ridge, La Salle. Tickets are $50 per person or $45 for a table of eight or 10, and can be purchased from Ottawa Business Builder members, including Tami Thomas-Leonatti at (815) 434-2539, Cherie Reynolds at (815) 433-3222 or Susan Bursztynsky at (815) 434-0857.
Looking for another way to help Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties? The organization has a wish list of items it could use at the local headquarters in Ottawa. The list includes: Wii games, science center kits, books, multi-national dolls, Welch Allyn thermometers, iPads and learning applications, classroom paint, children’s school supplies, portable dishwashers, mini-refrigerators, laser jet printer, office computers, copier, security cameras and various volunteered services.
Students at the local Area Career Center are bringing a bit of style to an Easter Seals of La Salle and Bureau Counties fundraiser.
Tami Thomas-Leonatti and Cherie Reynolds, organizers of the fourth annual Black and White Ball, spent Wednesday morning meeting with graphic design instructor Deb Parisot and Lainey Koncor, a senior at La Salle-Peru Township High School, to discuss creating auction item posters for the upcoming event.
“I think it’s going to bring a fresh look to the auction items,” said Thomas-Leonatti.
Reynolds said she also hopes the collaboration will provide positive exposure for the ACC program, which is based in the Dolan Building on the La Salle-Peru Township High School campus. Students from a number of area high schools feed into the ACC programs.
Thomas-Leonatti’s stepdaughter was in the ACC’s graphic design program last semester, which first exposed her to the quality of work being produced by the students from throughout the Illinois Valley.
“I was seeing the creativity in all that was coming home,” she said.
Koncor is a second-year student in the ACC graphic communications program and leads the Apprentice Printers print shop.
Students in the program take on projects from real customers in the community and bring them to completion.
“That’s how they learn leadership and how to organize and really how to run a business,” Parisot said.
Students spend two hours a day for a semester working on a series of projects. Additionally, Parisot also works with students on the soft skills of interacting with customers.
“I like working on these projects because I like design process and working with people,” said Koncor, who plans to study graphic design in college.
Last year LKCS donated a large-format printer that will be used on projects such as this one for Easter Seals, which calls for printing 20-inch-by-30-inch posters.
“If it wasn’t for them we couldn’t even say yes to big jobs like this,” Parisot said.
Generally, the Apprentice Printers only charge customers the cost of materials for projects they accept, she said.
Matthew Baker can be reached at (815) 220-6933, or firstname.lastname@example.org.