The 8th annual Sip & Savor fundraiser for the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) helped create awareness, public enthusiasm and raised cash to support public-school students, teachers and staff throughout the school district.
Paul Kirchgraber, PUSD Education Foundation executive director, said the sold-out event had a goal of raising at least $75,000. All funds will directly benefit schools.
The historic Sam Hill Warehouse behind the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott on Montezuma Street was the site for the Sept. 24 gala.
Greg Mengarelli served as auctioneer for the live auction. He is a former school board member and immediate past mayor of Prescott. The evening featured live music and a gourmet meal planned by Chef Alex Rivera. Raskin’s Jewelers donated a special “I in 100” Diamond Raffle, where the winner received a $4,000 1-carat diamond.
An after party immediately followed the gala at Founding Fathers Collective, directly adjacent.
Jenna James, PUSD Education Foundation board chair, praised the event.
“Our school district and teachers are challenged with limited resources to provide the best educational experiences for the students,” she said. “For example, many of our teachers end up paying for school supplies out of their own pockets. If they don’t, many students will have to do without. A portion of the proceeds from Sip and Savor supports the Teacher Closet Program, which provides classroom supplies.”
More information is available online at www.pusdeducationfoundation.com or by calling 928.445.5400, ext. 70136.