Auction/Fundraising Recap

Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a triumphant trip
That started from our local port,
Aboard a fancy ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin’man,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Over 80 passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tour.

The weather was incredible,
No rain nor wind nor hail.
If not the courage of the fearless passengers
PTA funding would be scant.
PTA funding would be scant.

The ship returned to our fair shore
With guests clutching with glee…
A painting,
And flipper too.
Trips to Disneyland
And SeaLife,
The spa treatment,
The kayak trip and Camerons,
Here on our little cruise.

By all measures, our fundraising cruise and auction was a great success.   Passengers enjoyed scrumptious food, relaxing massages, and incredible weather.  Many guests created a lively and prosperous auction.  Through ticket sales, auction items, massage tips and the bar, we brought in over $17,000.  This is a wonderful accomplishment.  Last year our main fundraiser (Sally Foster sales) brought in $7200 (and we went in the red by $4000).  We were able to achieve such success because all the proceeds from everything (ticket sales, auction items, massage tips, and bar tab) went directly to Mt. Erie PTA.  The cruise (boat, gas, crew, set-up, clean-up) as well as all the food and most drinks were donated by the owners of Island Adventures and Fidalgo Care Center.

The best news—we will not be hounding you for more money in the near future!  We will still be relying on monies generated by the Escrip program with enrolled Safeway club cards, t-shirt sales, AND boxtops to complement our budgetary needs.   (So, please continue to save those boxtops.)

This year’s PTA budget is very trim, especially compared to our budget from previous years and compared to other local elementary schools.   We hope to increase some items in the budget with these additional funds.  Please be a part of these decisions by coming to the next general membership meeting in November, sending an email to our gmail account, writing a letter, talking with someone on the PTA Board of Directors.  Also, feel free to give feedback on the cruise/auction and suggestions for future fundraisers!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s main fundraiser a FUN and SUCCESSFUL venture! Onwards to the pumpkin patch!

Happy Fall!!