Students, Parents Are Cool To Their Schools

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Last weekend was full of school related events, both the fun and the fundraising kind.

■ The Newport Elementary School Foundation held their biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday at the American Legion in Newport Beach, the annual Hula for Moola dinner and auction.

The foundation estimates that the event raised about $84,000. About 200 parents, teachers and supporters attended the event.

“Many groups are raising funds to help support our student’s education – NESF found a successful mix of socializing, fun and fundraising through the Hula for Moola event,” said Tori Rimlinger, acquisitions co-chair for the event.

The event consists of an online auction, which ends prior to the event, and a silent auction. Attendees also enjoyed dinner and dancing.

There were over 500 items up for bid, including Tiki Boat cruise, Pelican Hill Resort package, JC Hawaii Shane Dorian Model surfboard signed by Aaron Chang, a stay at a Whisler Condo, a stay at a home in San Carlos, Mexico, a Fire station dinner and a private party at Lollishop.

Newport Elementary students had a helping hand in creating this unique surfboard that was auctioned off at the Hula for Moola fundraising event.
The other side of the students' surfboard, a mosaic created from their thumbprints.

Students also created handmade art pieces that were highly sought after, event organizers said. The handmade items included a surfboard with each child’s handprint and thumbprint creating a collage of the a lifeguard tower in the sandy beach with a blue sky on one side and the school’s bell tower on the other. Also, monster dolls drawn by the first graders in Mr. Nguyen’s class.

Funds go directly to the students for equipment, supplies, educational programs and more. In the past, the foundation has helped provide funds for a computer lab, smart boards, after school library hours and extra instructional teachers.

The event is a way to raise funds “having a blast and building community support at the same time,” the event announcement states.

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■ Thousands of people flocked to the Corona del Mar school quad on Saturday for a school and community garage sale. The event was hosted by CdM middle school and the baseball team.

More than 75 families and nearly 40 members of school staff participated in the event. Booth spaces were $20 and for $30 it included a table.

Corona del Mar Middle School ASB were out selling CdM merchandise at discounted prices as well.

Community members and families with booths had a range of items for sale.

“Seeing people leave with new treasures was awesome,” said CdM teacher and ASB advisor, Gary Almquist.

There were a lot of happy customers, including one girl who bought a Phil Jackson autographed basketball (valued at $300) for just $50 from one student‘s dad. She walked away very happy, Almquist said.

 “It was one of many cool moments of the day,” he said.


■ A crowd of 250 mothers and daughters enjoyed an afternoon of fabulous food, fashions, and friends on Friday at the 6th Annual CdM Middle School Mother-Daughter Tea and Fashion Show.

The event was held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa.

The latest fashions were modeled by 23 CdM middle school students as attendees drank tea, dined and enjoyed prizes.

Committee members worked for several months to organize and plan the event. The group partnered with Fashion Island and the clothes were from Bloomingdales Fringe, Betsey Johnson, and Francisca’s.

Collections with the latest hair styles by Toni & Guy and makeup by Bloomingdales (Laura Mercier and Benefit). Darnall Photography took professional mother-daughter, group and fashion show photos and K.M. Productions (DJ <KickMix>) provided the music.

Visit for more information, photos and information (when it becomes available) on next year’s event.

Mothers and daughters at the CdM Tea and Fashion Show: (left to right) Lisa Goon, Nicole Goon, Lexi Vaden, Taylor Elisius, Nina Elisius, Joanne Purvis
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