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The supporters of Eastmoreland's Duniway Elementary School move their fundraiser and draw a crowd

DAVID F. ASHTON - In front of this 1920s automobile, we found these modern flappers - the Duniway fundraisers organizers, Katka Howland, Betsy Roberts, and Erin Gates.What was most likely the last school foundation fundraiser of the current school year was "sold out" – it was the Eastmoreland's Duniway Foundation "Party at Gatsby's!" fundraiser on Friday evening, March 6.

The venue for the celebration, "The Loft at 8th Avenue", was soon filled with 221 guests, most of them dressed to match the party's "Roaring '20s" theme. They bid on silent auction items, enjoyed beverages, and grazed on hors d'oeuvres.

"We decided on the 'Great Gatsby/Roaring '20s', because, after all, this year is 2020," smiled one of the trio of the fundraiser's organizers, Katka Howland, a Duniway Elementary School parent.

After having their fundraiser at the Melody Ballroom for many years, the committee looked for a new and larger venue, Howland told THE BEE. "We've got a little more space here, and we found this location would suit our needs; it's something fun, and different."

As in past years, there were numerous items in the silent auction – many restaurant gift certificates, and bottles of wine up for bid. "We'll also have a live auction tonight, with twelve great items up for bid," Howland said.

"The Duniway community is pretty special; they make a visible difference in the school," commented Principal Matt Goldstein, as he looked around the packed room. This was his seventh of the twenty-one annual auctions put on by the foundation to date.

"We have close to $300,000 in staff this year that's being paid for by the Duniway Foundation, including six educational assistants – so, absolutely, their help makes a difference, every day," Goldstein remarked. "Each year, one wonders if this event can happen again – and, wonderfully, it does!"


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