The Ring Elementary School parent teacher association will look to replenish some of its general fund through an upcoming community event.
This is because the PTA will be hosting its second-annual "Our Community Cares" auction from 6-9 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom tomorrow.
The event is intended to restore some of the funds that have gone towards the purchase of a new playground for Ring, which is slated to begin construction next spring. According to Jennifer Goshgarian and Tessa Johnson, kindergarten teachers and PTA members, the general PTA funds are used for a variety of purposes.
"(The fund) goes toward field trips to the Safety Village every year, for our children to learn the importance of fire safety and road safety," said Goshgarian.
"The PTA really funds a lot of the experiences that our children get to have during their time here," said Johnson.
Tomorrow's event is intended to ensure that these experiences will continue for students by raising money for the fund. Admission to the event will be $5, which covers a light meal and bidder card for attendees, with doors opening at 6 p.m. There will also be a cash bar available.
The live auction will begin at 7 p.m., and will feature a variety of community-donated items and services up for bid. These items include a variety of photography packages, themed baskets, weekend getaways to Rochester and Erie, a year's supply of car washes, an $1,100-value chair donated by Fancher Chair and zoo passes.
"There are packages that are fun for parents and packages that are fun for family experiences, too," said Goshgarian.
There will also be a grand prize giveaway of a $1,500 AAA family vacation voucher, which is also available as a cash option, and a second-place cash prize of $250. Tickets for the giveaway are $10 each, or three for $25.
According to Goshgarian, last year's auction was successful in raising approximately $8,000, an amount the PTA is hoping to surpass this time.
"It was really well-received last year, to the point where people were asking us to make sure we would do it again," she said. "It's a community event, everyone's invited-the more the merrier-and we're really excited."
"And we've had a lot of support from our community, so that's been very nice," said Johnson.
The event will be catered by Miley's Old Inn. The auctioneer will be Greg Himes of Himes Auction Company, and Katie's DJ Service will provide music from 6-7 p.m.