Madera Auction: Thank You

auction2013Madera Wins by Two Lengths!!!

Madera PTA’s Spring Auction, held last Saturday May 4th,was a fantastic success.

Parents, teachers, relatives and neighbors came out in their finest derby hats, sipped mint juleps, ate a delicious Southern dinner, raced horses, and joined enthusiastically in the bidding fun. The auction is our largest single event fundraiser of the year, and this year was no exception, raising well over $30,000!

An event like this requires the cooperation and hard work of our entire Madera Community, and once again it rose to the occasion. I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the auction come to life and in particular the following key volunteers:

logoChefs Melissa Fernandez and Arnon Oren
Tammy Garretson and Rula Craner
Nelson Thorpe
Gayle Chin
Beckie Denio
Aaron and Beth Lewis
Alonn Ilan
Nancy Kawase
Max and Linda Geiser
The Madera Dad’s Club
Michael Balmaceda
Marta Belanger and Cherese LeBlanc

Thank you to the army of volunteers who spent their Saturday transforming the community center into the perfect gala space, capturing the spirit of The Derby.

And to everyone who pitched in throughoutthe auction, ensuring that the event ran as smoothly and as enjoyably as possible.

Whether you helped students paint a plate, donated an item to a class basket, attended the auction, or bid during the live auction, please take pride in knowing that you raised the funds necessary to help make Madera the incredible school it is for our children.

Jen Toledo

Thank you Auction Volunteers!

Greetings Madera friends,

Thank you to all the magnificent people that made our Kentucky Derby Auction a huge success! Our dedicated volunteers put on a fantastic and memorable evening. The theme matched the day, the decorations delighted, and the dinner & dessert were delicious. There are two goals our PTA hopes to achieve with each annual auction: raising funds and celebrating our community. With your participation, we made it a success!

Whether you were a donor, sponsor, guest, bidder, volunteer, or organizer (or maybe all of the above!), you deserve a huge THANK YOU! The Madera PTA is grateful for your generosity of time, talent, and treasure. Special thanks to our Co-Chairs: Rula Craner, Tammy Garretson, and Jen Toledo. Your leadership and HARD WORK made it all possible!

Enjoy the day,


Steven Gaffagan
President, Madera PTA

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