Weilenmann fundraiser takes a step back to 1986
The Weilenmann School of Discovery is asking one favor of parents and the rest of the community this October: "Let’s do the time warp again."
Each year, the school holds its annual Time Bash celebration to step back in time for one night. This year’s theme is 1986, so attendees will be invited to strap on some leg warmers, poof up their hair and get down to Cyndi Lauper. And it’s all in the name of supporting public education, as the Time Bash serves as the school’s most important fundraiser.
Cindy Phillips, executive director of the Weilenmann School of Discovery, said charter schools don’t receive as much revenue from property taxes as other public schools, so fundraising is a crucial element of the school’s ability to offer programs such as visual arts, physical education and lab science. The school is hoping to raise at least $150,000, a goal it met at last October’s year ‘V’ themed event.
The Weilenmann School of Discovery is a charter school within Park City School District boundaries for kindergarten through eighth grades and has about 580 students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year.
"All of our students participate every week, if not every day, in these programs," Phillips said. "And the state doesn’t require them, therefore the state doesn’t fund them. So the combination of being underfunded and having a very ambitious program, with our specialists and the type of programs we enrich our students with, we are entirely dependent on local fundraising to keep those programs alive."
The event will feature silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing to music from 1986 and a best costume contest. Shelley Turner, an assistant at the school, said the goal is to ensure everyone who attends has a good time. And it’s not just for those who have students at Weilenmann. She added that several companies in the area donate goods for the auctions and residents from around the community show up to support the school.
"It’s really nice to see that in the community," she said. "And it’s really open to anybody in the community. You don’t have to be a parent at Weilenmann. People bring their friends, they bring their family, they bring their coworkers. It’s always fun."
Phillips said the school is grateful for all the support it gets and emphasized just how important the event is to the school’s mission.
"It’s the difference between the Weilenmann School and not having the Weilenmann School," she said.
The Weilenmann School of Discovery’s Time Bash will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Summit Lodge at the Canyons Village at Park City Mountain. Tickets are $95 per person if purchased at the door. For more information, visit wsdpc.org.
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