By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor
The second annual Wig & Stache Bash raised over $106,000 for Sullivan’s Island Elementary School programs, including art, Spanish, music and guidance. The event, which was held Friday, February 28 at Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant, featured a live and silent auction to raise funds, music and a Wig & Stache contest.
“The evening went really well,” Allison Williamson, event co-chair, said. “We had amazing auction items. The items painted by the students, cornholes and clay pots, were very popular. It was fun to see all the kids projects, the shark cornhole was one of my favorites.”
Other auction items included hotel stays in Jackson Hole and Costa Rica, and a diamond necklace. “We made about $43,000 in the silent auction. One of the cool items in the live auction was the opportunity for somebody’s child to design a flag for the new school, which will be raised on the first day of school.”
Sullivan’s Island resident Manda Poletti won this honor for her twins who attend SIES.
Also during the live auction, there was a plea for funds to go towards purchasing portable touch tanks for the new school.
“They cost about $10,000 each, stocked with fish,” Williamson said. By the end of the auction three donors had pledged enough to buy two of the tanks.
“To me that really showed the spirit of the school,” she said. “People bidding on things that were directly helping the school, and not to take home with them.”
The event attracted twice as many attendees as last year, to the surprise of the organizers.
“On the day of the event we found out we actually doubled our numbers,” Williamson said. “We had a huge surge in last minute tickets sales and so Cinebarre decided to rent us a tent. They put a screen out there, sofas and a wine and beer bar. They went through hoops to accommodate us.”
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