Second annual 'Rush of Fools' gathering is tonight
Local churches are hosting the second annual Rush of Fools event for youth in grades seven through 12 Wednesday, April 28.
This year, the event is at Calvary Lutheran Church. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Last year, organizers estimated between 300 and 400 youth attended the spring event.
This year, the main event includes keynote speaker Molly Sanborn, "Cheeseball Chick." She talks about her life story, including she made it to 27 years old as a virgin and married a man that lived out of the same commitment to abstinence.
Sanborn now speaks to young audiences about the importance of abstinence.
"She's very straightforward about her message," said Calvary Lutheran youth director Dana Kocka.
She will also be speaking at Century School earlier in the day Wednesday. Her school presentation will be appropriate for a school setting and in the evening, she will incorporate her faith into the presentation, he said.
"It's really the perfect time to have her talking to the kids," said Phil Campbell, Faith Baptist Church youth director. "With prom coming up, the timing couldn't be better."
Sanborn is from Minneapolis but has traveled across the world. She desires to be a role model to teens, proving that it is possible to live above the influence and have a blast while doing so.
She graduated from North Central University in May of 2006 and holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
When not on the road speaking, she spends her time mentoring girls from her church and community and assisting her husband in his youth ministry.
She has become known as the "Cheeseball Chick" as she brings joy to the world "one cheeseball at a time." She carries a container of cheeseballs on her back.
Kocka said that she really gets the attention of teens with her style.
A small donation of $2 per person is suggested but not required, he said. Collection baskets are being passed around area churches for donations to pay for the event cost. Any extra money will be donated to the Pregnancy Resource Center in Park Rapids.
The group "Eyewitness" will perform at the event as well.
"I think it's very healthy when churches come together for these events," Campbell said. "Students are able to come together with others they might not always see."