Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School hosted its annual Family Fun Night and Basket Auction Friday evening, inviting the community out for a night of bliss.

Colina’s Family Fun Night is the school’s most profitable fundraiser, sponsored by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), with last year reaching upward of $10,000.

Proceeds from Colina’s Family Fun Night go directly to the school and its teacher on items they need for their classroom.

The basket auction was in the school’s multipurpose room where hordes of families bided on different baskets ranging from a full set of braces donated by Woolaver Clearsmiles to a spa day at Madison Ave Day Spa.

Marni Bealer, chair member for the basket auction, said there was more than $23,000 worth of donations donated from businesses around the Ahwatukee area.

“We are blown away by what we have gotten,” Bealer said.

Children were also able to bid on baskets they wanted, which cost $1.

In the courtyard area of the school a rich aroma of kettle corn filled the area as families lined up to purchase dinner provided by Can’t Stop Smokin’ Bar-B-Q.

Live music was provided by Mike & Ted of “Young Country” as families mingled with one another enjoyed their food.

“This is a wonderful fundraising event that has a long-standing tradition here at Colina, and our biggest and largest,” Assistant Principal Scott Shelberg said. “The PTO has a lot of ways they channel the proceeds that come from all of this, and it’s all to benefit the entire campus.”

The PTO members also shared more of their generosity toward the teachers at Colina by purchasing each teacher present at Family Fun Night a dinner plate.

Third-grade teacher, Laura Revenew, said it was an awesome feeling that the school community and Ahwatukee were giving back to the teachers at Colina, and the event gave teachers the chance to mingle with parents in a more personal setting.

“One thing that has always been nice about Colina since I’ve been here is that the community here at Colina is very strong, and gives a lot of support. We have wonderful community members that come through for us for everything that we need… and that’s one of the things that makes it a pleasure to work here,” Revenew said.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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