The Redmond Elementary PTSA is pleased to announce that we have met our fundraising goal.
By the Numbers:
Goal: Raise $35,335 by April 2014
Amount Raised: $31,254.57
Negotiated Cost: $30,875.35
Outcome: We have enough to build the playground, this summer!
Where the Money Came From:
Carryover from 2012-13 Budget - $7,000
Cookie Dough Fundraiser - $9,737.50
Direct Donations - $3,508.53
Winter Dance - $1,234.96
Spaghetti Dinner - $9,773.58
Special thanks to the sponsors from throughout Redmond who stepped up to help make this happen.
Key Community Volunteers for Spaghetti Dinner (Non-PTSA)
David Carson, Redmond City Council
Jonathan Zimmer, Pomegranate Bistro & Lisa Dupar Catering
Chet Hunt, Pomegranate Bistro & Lisa Dupar Catering
John Stilin, Redmond City Council
Byron Shutz, Redmond City Council
Hank Margeson, Redmond City Council
Jess Lynes, Woodmark Hotel
In-Kind Spaghetti Dinner Contributors
Redmond's Bar and Grill
Pomegranate Bistro & Lisa Dupar Catering
Redmond Academy of Junior Voices
Frankie's Pizza and Pasta
Papa Johns Pizza
Matt Flinn State Farm
Great American Opportunities
Jason Roof & Josephine Wang
William & Jean Avery
Katie Ostler, DMD
Steve & Shannon Hitch
Matt Flinn State Farm
Ross & Melody Brown
Kelly Young & Tracey Schofield
LTC Solutions, Inc.
Redmond Middle School PTSA
The Barr Family
Dave & Sierra Forstrom
Greg & Maria Benson
Hundreds of others from Redmond Elementary and the broader community.
Review all income and expenses. Confirm checks have cleared, etc.
Board vote to approve payment to District. (April 16)
Payment to Lake Washington School District. (Late April)
LWSD School Board Approval to accept funds. (May)
Equipment Ordered (June)
Ribbon Cutting (September)
What an amazing event! The Spaghetti Dinner was a complete success. Our event goal: $5,000. We brought in at least $10,000. Guidance from David Carson who conceived of the idea in a conversation last fall, helped shepherd us to the end. That, combined with advice from Redmond's Bar and Grill helped us create a successful game plan. The professionals from Pomegranate / Lisa Dupar Catering: Jonathan Zimmer and Chet Hunt, brought us the confidence to know the plan would work (and a lot of the equipment to pull it off). David led our kitchen crew for two days of cooking. Mayor John Marchione kicked us off as we started our program. The hospitality and antics of Council Members David Carson, John Stilin, Byron Shutz, Hank Margeson (the quorum in the kitchen) and Woodmark Hotel's Jess Lynes gave a welcoming and energetic face to the food line and kept it moving quickly. Patti Margeson was a great leader on the back end, with the support of volunteers from Matt Flinn State Farm, Concur Technologies, and Discover Yoga helping kids get their trays safely to their tables and clearing as people finished. The army of Redmond El parents jumping in to help with planning, finding sponsors, delivering materials, setting up and decorating, cooking, selling tickets, supporting the auction, clearing tables, and cleaning up at the end was gratifying. What a community we have!
The key to the fundraising here was keeping our costs low with in-kind donations. The venue was provided through a partnership between the City of Redmond and Lake Washington School District. The entertainment was provided by the Redmond Academy of Junior Voices. The food came from Redmond's Bar and Grill, Pomegranate Bistro / Lisa Dupar Catering, Papa Johns Pizza, Frankie's Pizza and Pasta, Great American Opportunities (cookies), and others.
Thanks to our sponsors: Katie Ostler, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentist, Golder Associates, JJ Mahoneys, LTC Solutions, Inc., LWPTSA Council, Redmond Elementary staff, Redmond Middle School PTSA, Roos Orthodontics, Meredith and Holden Kelly, and Sandra Vargas.
Thanks to our fund-an-item contributors who sponsored playground items: Jason Roof & Josephine Wang; Dave and Sierra Forstrom; Steve & Shannon Hitch; Matt Flinn State Farm; Kelly Young & Tracey Schofield. People had fun with the 50/50 raffle and getting some great wine packages from the silent auction.
Thanks to the 300 people who bought tickets and came out to support our school. With this success, we are very close to funding the playground. Once we have all our expenses tracked and funds deposited, we'll report out on how much of a gap we have left.
Thank you to everyone who helped us sell out our Spaghetti Dinner. We collected $1500 on this page and an additional $1400 in offline sales, and donations keep coming in through other channels. It isn't too late to help fund this playground. Visit http://www.gofundme.com/RedmondElPlayground
What do you get when you ask community businesses for help? Well, Redmond's Bar and Grill has offered advice, support, and guidance to make our event a success. And then they have come to the table with meat and salad ingredients, and loaned kitchen supplies. Thanks to Redmond's Bar and Grill for helping build a playground!
We are excited to announce that Chef Jonathon Zimmer and Chef Chet Hunt from Pomegranate Bistro / Lisa Dupar Catering will be joining us in the kitchen as we raise money to build that playground. I think this spaghetti dinner will be something special!
We are a huge step closer to building that playground thanks to a large donation from Katie Ostler DMD. Across the street from the school, it is great to have the support of Dr. Ostler's practice. Thank you!
PTSA will be hosting a 50/50 Raffle at the Spaghetti Dinner. This provides you the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets before and during the event. One lucky person will go home with half of the net proceeds and the other half of the net proceeds will be donated to help build the playground. Don't miss this chance to win big for a good cause!
What a weekend! Event organizers are busy lining up donations of food, equipment, decorations. As local businesses step up to reduce our event costs, we get that much closer to our goal. We sold 18 tickets this weekend. Only 106 left to sell -- get yours now!
Did you know Redmond is headquarters to a long-term care insurance brokerage firm that has been in business for 18 years? LTC Solutions, Inc., is our latest table sponsor, helping build our playground.
The Playground Fundraiser is picking up steam! We started with a goal of $5,000 for this event. Through this website and external donations, we have raised $2,000! In total, We have raised over $22,500 toward our overall budget of $35,335.
Wow. Papa Johns has stepped up to help out Redmond Elementary. They are a great partner in some of our in-school events, and today they offered to donate tomato sauce, onions, and garlic for our Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. We are starting to line up all the ingredients for this great home-made spaghetti sauce. Thanks Papa Johns!
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