By Kim Walter
Community members are invited to attend the fifth annual dinner to benefit the Tiffany Taylor Scholarship.
The dinner will be held at the Toms Brook Fire Department from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 to 10 years old. Children 5 years old and younger can eat for free.
The menu will be spaghetti, fettuccini, tossed salad, baked pineapple, rolls, cakes and pies.
All proceeds from the event will go toward a cosmetology scholarship for a graduating student at Triplett Tech in Mt. Jackson.
Judy Taylor, Tiffany's mother, said she and her husband founded the scholarship as a way to carry on her daughter's dream. Tiffany graduated from the school in 2004, and took cosmetology classes there.
She passed away at the age of 22 in October 2008.
"Tiffany loved doing hair, she just loved it," Taylor said. "When she graduated she jumped right into the business."
Tiffany's ultimate goal, according to Taylor, was to one day run her own business. With that in mind, the scholarship is given to a cosmetology student who wants to enter into the field or continue her or his education.
Taylor and her husband look through the scholarship applications every year, and lean more toward a student who could use financial help for supplies.
"We just want to find someone who cares about the industry, but it's important to give the money to a student who is maybe struggling a little bit financially," she said.
The number of applications varies from year to year, but Taylor said she hopes that more cosmetology students would show interest. All five winners have been female so far, but Taylor is happy to consider any and all students taking the class.
"We just want someone who will make Tiffany proud," she said.
Taylor said she thinks it was her original hairdresser who got Tiffany interested in entering the field. She said her daughter was always good at building relationships with clients, but was also happy to learn more when she had the chance.
While some people might look down on cosmetology, Taylor said it can be a lucrative and rewarding career -- as it was for Tiffany.
"If someone has the passion that Tiffany did, then they can do it," she said. "We are happy to help those deserving students, all while keeping Tiffany's dream alive."
Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or firstname.lastname@example.org