Ocean Township: This past weekend, Oceanport PTO held their annual gift auction and fundraiser at the Palazzo Cultural Center in Ocean Township. The “Night In Paris” theme drew a packed house of approximately 300 plus parents, educators, and Oceanport PTO supporters.
Prior to seating, attendees gathered, mingled, and placed tickets into the buckets associated with corresponding items. As more and more people joined the party, each bucket started to fill with tickets. Attendees purchased tickets for three separate raffle style auctions, all of which were full of unique items that were donated from families, businesses, and sponsor organizations. Auction items ranged from: “principle for a day” to, front row seats to a middle school play, assorted high-end jewelry, various spa sessions, American Girl Dolls, Gucci handbags, assorted mixed gifts, and other highly desirable items.
Throughout the night, six eighth grade students helped to run approximately 200 gifts to the winners throughout the venue. As numbers were called, winners waived their arms and hands in the air as they anxiously awaited their to be delivered.
Additionally, throughout the evening, PTO organizers walked through the audience selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Right before the drawing, organizers announced that the raffle was close to $3,000.
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The 2013 PTO annual gift auction raised close to twenty thousand dollars, which will be used to throughout the district to fund various programs and provide assistance throughout the borough.