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Leaving a legacy

Sunset's auction raises funds for students, teachers
by: Vern Uyetake First-grader Andrew Ng works on an auction project April 11.

Though some students at Sunset Primary School will not be returning next fall, their parents still want to leave behind a legacy.

Whether students are moving on to middle school or transferring to the new Trillium Creek Primary, many students will be saying goodbye to Sunset Primary.

To celebrate the school and the students' transitions, this year's PTSO auction fundraiser is called 'Sunset at Sunset.'

'We wanted to get the message out about leaving a legacy,' said the auction's co-chairwoman Michele Beyer.

She said that although students may not be returning to the school, it is important to give back to help the remaining and incoming students.

'Even though we won't be here, it's still important to leave something behind,' she said.

Funds from raised from the auction go toward supporting the school and the staff, with items such as books, furniture, computers, laptops and playground equipment.

'Those are things that last even after our kids are gone,' Beyer said.

The funds also go toward learning experiences for students, such as artists in residence and science is residence and supporting a reading program. Teachers also receive grant money.

Principal Lisa Hawking said the theme and the message of the auction 'fits so nicely with our mission theme' of being thoughtful and thinking of the world.

'It's important to think forward and outward to the future,' Hawking said. 'We are excited to invest in Sunset.'

The event is open to the public and includes a beach-themed buffet dinner, a live and a silent auction and raffles.

The raffles include an iPad 3, a Skamania Lodge getaway and a round for four at Oregon Golf Club.

Auction packages will appeal to a wide variety of interests, such as a margarita party, one large pizza a week for a year from Bellagios Pizza, $1,000 toward orthodontics, an Oregon Golf Club social membership, a seven-night stay at St. James Club in Antigua and a Coeur d'Alene getaway.

Beyer said the PTSO has received the most donations in history this year.

'It's been pretty incredible,' she said.

Popular live auction items include principal for a day and various outings with teachers.

Also, all the classrooms make creations like painted canvases, mosaics, quilts, benches and toy boxes to be bid on.

The PTSO promises some fun twists and turns throughout the course of the evening, including the a golden ticket that allows the winner to pick an auction item of choice, the dessert dash and a special surprise the members are keeping mum about.

The Sunset PTSO hopes to have 200 guests at the auction and aims to raise $30,000.

The auction is at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Oregon Golf Club, located at 25700 S.W. Petes Mountain Road in West Linn.

Tickets are $40 each and the event is adult only. Registration tables open at 5:45 p.m.; cocktails are from 6 to 7 p.m.; bid on silent auction items from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and a buffet dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit sunsetptso.org and click on the 'Sunset at Sunset' link.