Staff photo by Emmy Errante
Guests bid on items in a silent auction at the Wrightsville Beach School Foundation’s casino night fundraiser at the Country Club of Landfall on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Casino Night fundraiser hosted by the Wrightsville Beach School Foundation drew about 225 people to the Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Clubhouse.
Foundation board member Aimee Jones said the Saturday, Feb. 22 event raised around $42,000, more money than the oyster roast fundraiser held in 2013.
That money will be used to help fund the part-time Spanish teacher, marine science program and other school initiatives.
“A lot of people came out to buy tickets at the door, which was wonderful,” said foundation president Jennifer Kelly. “There were new people and people who just support the public school system and don’t even have children or grandchildren at the school. We saw a lot of local support, which was nice.”
The most popular events of the night were the black jack tables and the live and silent auctions, Kelly said, adding that a full set of braces valued at $7,000 was the most popular auction item.
“You should have seen the people bidding for that, because all of us are going to have children who need braces someday,” she said.
Other auction items included tickets to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill men’s basketball game versus Notre Dame, a weekend in a cabin around Blowing Rock, $500 to Wilmington Dermatology, tennis lessons from Landfall tennis pros and a deer hunting excursion on a private estate.
Kelly said the evening lasted past midnight, and the event was a great success.
“It was a fabulous event, and we would not change anything about it,” she said.