Judah’s 1920s-themed fundraiser a ‘roaring’ success

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Theodore Judah Elementary School’s Roaring Twenties Gala on April 18 raised $42,000 for music, art, science and school garden programs. It was the school’s largest fundraising affair of the year.

Coordinated by members of the PTA and held at Sacramento Turn Verein, the event sold out with 240 guests. 

“Overall, the Gala was a tremendous success,” said Donna Dowson, chairperson of the Gala for the last six years. “It is truly heartwarming to see teachers, parents, volunteers, local businesses and organizations come together to support our community elementary school.”

Attendees decked out in flapper dresses and zoot suits participate in the event’s new mobile bidding experience. Guests used an online service, called Greater Giving, on their smart phones to bid on a variety of silent auction items, including gift certificates at nearby restaurants, exquisite pieces of art and jewelry as well as museum outings with their favorite teachers.The bidding actually began three days prior to the event, with $8,000 in online bids secured prior to the doors opening for the Saturday festivities.

“Online bidding expanded our base of participants,” said Paige Schulte, who spearheaded the event’s mobile bidding efforts. “Some parents couldn’t make the Gala due to other commitments but they were still able to support Judah by bidding remotely in real time. Many of our silent auction items sold for more than 200 percent of their face value – that’s parents wanting to make a difference. Our live auction items also generated significant proceeds with attendees trying to outbid one another for unique items and experiences.”

The 6th Annual Gala was presented by title sponsors Courtney Way of Keller Williams Realty and Kappel Mortgage Group (KMG Mortgage) with catering provided by Chef Rick Mahan of the Waterboy and OneSpeed Restaurants in Sacramento.

Auction items included more than 150 gifts, such as Silver Oak wine, golf with the golf professional at Del Paso Country Club, a private party at the Pine Cove, tour and tasting at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, artwork created by Tim Collom and Kim Squaglia, wardrobe consulting by Mary Gonsalves Kinney, a getaway to San Diego, an inclusive Disneyland vacation and hotel stay, lodging and dinner provided by the Citizen Hotel and The Grange Restaurant, golf at Wente Vineyards, a private party at the Federalist, a private cooking lesson party at the Waterboy Restaurant and tour and tasting for 20 at the Heringer Wine & Scribner Bend in Clarksburg.

For more information about Theodore Judah Elementary, visit the school’s official website at http://www.theodorejudahelementary.org. To learn more about the Theodore Judah PTA, click to http://www.theodorejudahpta.org.