Black and White Ball Raises Six Figures for Templeton Schools •

The Black and White Ball raised $6,000 for Templeton schools. The fundraising night ran a successful event to support the school’s mission of investing in students’ futures.

The “templeton elementary school yearbook” is a black and white ball that was held in the fall of 2016. The event raised over $6,000 for Templeton Schools.

TES, VES, and TMS Parent Teacher Organizations raised a total of $141,656.

TEMPLETON — The TES, VES, and TMS Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) celebrated their sixth annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, March 26. The event, which took place at Rava Wines in Paso Robles, generated money for Templeton and Vineyard primary schools, as well as Templeton Middle School.

Black-and-White-Ball-Contributed-Photo-1At the Black and White Ball, the Auction Committee is visible. Photo by a contributor

The event drew around 300 individuals, including volunteers and entertainment. The TES, VES, + TMS PTO collected a total of $141,656, which was 236 percent of their fundraising target.

Superintendent Aaron Asplund of Templeton Unified School Districts, who was in attendance, stated, “The generosity of our little but tremendous community is absolutely astounding!” “These donations will go a long way toward enhancing and enriching the Templeton experience for many Templeton students.” 

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“According to prior auctions, the highest amount ever raised at the event was $65,000… “I was hoping to get to six figures but wasn’t sure whether we’d be able to do it – this was such a pleasant surprise,” Azurae Shults, auction chair and TES PTO president, and Bonnie Loftus said.

When COVID-19 struck in 2020, the TES, VES, and TMS PTO were preparing for The Black and White Ball. After a four-year sequence that began in 2016, the ball was canceled in both 2020 and 2021. 

“Our 2020 event has been postponed until 2022.” “So this is our sixth annual auction,” Shults said.

Jimmy’s Cuisine provided catering, Moonshiner Collective provided music, Emcee Andy Morris provided live magic, and Mark Collier performed live magic during the Black and White Ball. The live auction part of the event was conducted by auctioneer Jim Settle and his ringmen.

“There was a whole other set of details that had to be considered to make the silent and live auctions successful,” Shults said. “Beyond securing the venue, working out sponsorship deals, and planning details for the event, there was a whole other set of details that had to be considered to make the silent and live auctions successful.” “We worked with teachers on all three campuses to urge them to create themed class baskets for the silent auction.” We had over 100 silent auction items thanks to the instructors and other local benefactors. We also worked with local companies to get gifts and sponsorships for the live auction.”

Vinyoga + 15C, Saxum Wines, Ledge Wines, J Dusi Wines, Hartley Farms, Barton Family Wines, Merlo Waterfowl, The Loftus Family, The Odenwald Family, The Armet Family, Hospice du Rhone Board of Directors, and Dr. Mareeni Stanislaus were among the live auction sponsors this year.

Black-and-White-Ball-Rachel-Bausch-Photography-3After a three-year absence, the Black and White Ball is back this year. Photography by Rachel Bausch

“We had to construct a website, design an invite and posters along the way, sell tickets and tables, print paddles and programs, and make sure all of our contributions were correctly arranged in the auction software,” Shults said of the new skills PTO had to acquire to host the ball.

J Dusi Wines, Umpqua Bank, Amber Delaere Compass Real Estate, Kasarjian CPA, Scott Elmerick Mortgage, Courtney Morrow State Farm, SCOUT Rental Co., All About Events, Rava Wines, Jimmy’s Catering, Barracuda Baking, Barrelhouse Brewery, Spectrum Floral Design, Sealed With A Kiss, and Lola’s Letters were among the Black and White Ball’s sponsors.

“This group of loving folks invested so much time, energy, and emotion into this event, carrying on the heritage of care and support established by our loyal PTOs.” “They’re such an important part of what makes Templeton School District unique,” Asplund said. 

The PTOs of TES, VES, and TMS are excited to bring the Black and White Ball back next spring. 

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The “templeton elementary calendar” is a school that has raised six figures in donations. The money will be used to support the students of the school, as well as help it grow.

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