Annual dinner and auction for Gilpin Elementary nets $6,500

Largest number of guests and money raised since event’s inception

by Trystin Swan

The annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction for Gilpin County Elementary went from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Many Montessori and traditional elementary parents showed up to support and fund the program.

Auction items included donations from lower Montessori students, in which they auctioned off their art, to the biggest item at the auction, which started at $100.

On top of the silent auction, there was a spaghetti dinner where families could enjoy the food served and cooked by the amazing volunteers to help the night be complete. To top it all off, the silent auction and dinner also provided a place for the kids to run around, play and color, all in part from volunteers.

The total amount raised from the event this year was $6,500.

Sarah Swanson, who ran and organized the event, said, “We ended up having our largest number of guests and money raised this year. Many parents and families helped donate food, which covers our costs, and we spent very little money to produce the event, meaning all of what we raised will be able to be invested back into our elementary classrooms and professional development,” said Swanson.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all the volunteers who made this event such a success. To get involved in helping fund the Gilpin County Elementary, stop by next year and attend the fundraiser, buy an ad that goes on the placemats during dinner, by donating food.

“We are so fortunate to have such an involved group of parents at Gilpin Elementary School.”

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