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Crosby Scholars to Host Annual Scholarship Benefit Rescheduled

Crosby Casino Aspire Rescheduled Graphic

The public is invited to don their dress shoes and put on their lucky black tie for the second annual Casino Aspire fundraiser by the Iredell County Crosby Scholars on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.  This is rescheduled from the original November 2nd date.


Casino Aspire is a fun-filled evening for adults, according to Suzanne Wegmiller, Iredell County Crosby Scholars executive director, including spoon pulls, catered heavy hors-d'oeuvres, an authentic casino featuring Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette and prizes.  


Dress code is black tie optional.


Casino Aspire night will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 6 – 11 p.m. at Trump National, located at 120 Trump Square in Mooresville. The location is Lakefront Ballroom, an opulent venue offering ambiance and elegant amenities.


Tickets are on sale for $100 each and can be purchased online at Each ticket includes $300 of “casino cash”. A silent auction will be held for prizes including a travel package to Hamilton on Broadway, a trip to join the crew on a racing yacht in San Diego, or a California trip to blend your own wine.


For more information or for assistance purchasing Casino Aspire tickets, contact Crosby Scholars at 704-873-5005, ext. 1408.


Crosby Scholars is a free program open to all public school students in grades 6-12, where youth learn to become better students, explore career and schooling options and work one-on-one with an advisor to help them prepare for the next steps in their post-secondary education.


Proceeds from Casino Aspire will help provide Last Dollar grants and scholarships to students who need help paying for their post-secondary education.


Crosby Scholars eligible recipients are required to be drug-free and put in a certain amount of community service hours each year, senior program coordinator Jenniffer Jamison explained.


Crosby Scholar students have a history of going above and beyond in volunteerism. Students often partner with local groups, which benefits the student as well as the community.

 Crosby Scholar _ SIHS

This year, South Iredell High School International Baccalaureate student Emma Shieck began coaching a third-grade volleyball team at Cloverleaf Elementary School for her volunteer project. As part of her job, she leads the girls at practice and during games in addition to teaching them the skills and the rules.


“None of them played before,” Schieck explained. “This is typically around the age you begin learning volleyball.”


On average, she has put in about five hours a week since August.


“Kids are a lot different than I thought they would be. They are much more mature (than I thought), much more open to information than people my age,” Schieck said.


Schieck is also a member of the U.S. National Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team, which consists of athletes from across the U.S. and practices in Oklahoma.


Schieck was born with a brachial plexus injury in her left arm, giving her a limited range of motion in that arm.


After high school, she plans on attending a four-year college and has applied to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Elon University. Schieck is also a potential candidate for a Crosby scholarship.


Schieck said she’s leaning towards majoring in Psychology after taking a class in high school. She’s fascinated by the working of the brain and its influence on human motivations.


Schieck continues to have aspirations to help others along the way either through school activities or volunteerism.