It was the fundraising season for PTAs and school foundations; here's how Llewellyn did it

DAVID F. ASHTON - These costumed characters - Llewellyn Dinner Auction volunteers Jeanne Ballaris and Tamara Pugh - check bids during the silent auction. Dastardly villains slinked in and superheroes boldly strode in – all converging on historic Oaks Amusement Park's Dance Pavilion on Saturday evening, April 7. They were not there to engage in mortal combat, but instead to raise funds in support of education at Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland.

"It looks like everyone is having a lot of fun with the theme of our auction dinner this year – 'League of Heroes, Den of Villains'," grinned Llewellyn PTA Auction Chair Erica Morales. "All of the money from the 'Bidding Paddle Raise' are dedicated to the Llewellyn Foundation, as well as the teacher-hosted parties in the silent auction."

A capacity crowd of 220 participants, mostly dressed as costumed characters, swirled about the silent auction tables bidding on all manner of merchandise and services.

The staff of Sellwood's "a Cena" restaurant busied themselves setting out Caprese Salad on Crostini for nibbling, and created a dinner buffet of mixed green salad, gluten-free pasta salad, deep-fried polenta with Pomodoro sauce, roasted chicken with lemon and rosemary, and meat lasagna.

"It's important to pitch in and work hard to put on our annual fundraiser, because the teachers in our school need our financial support," reflected Morales.

While funding from the PTA helps purchase supplies and pay for outings, the money raised by the Foundation last year was used to "purchase" the a second grade teacher this year, she told THE BEE.

Organizers expected to meet or exceed the $95,000 in donations raised last year; the final total had not yet been announced at the time THE BEE went to press.

Morales, dressed as Tonya Harding (and her husband portraying Jeff Gillooly), said she enjoys seeing everyone having a good time. "And it is rewarding for me, and our 100 friends who put on this party, to see the culmination of 12 months' worth of work – and to know that we're helping improve our great school in immeasurable ways!"

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