Fundraiser a success for Kaneland Blackberry Creek

By on February 13, 2014
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Photo: Elburn resident Rocky Wruck dazzles the crowd in his Elvis costume as he volunteers to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets at Family Bingo on Saturday night. Photo by Lynn Logan

KANELAND—Maryann Lisberg, a Blackberry Creek Elementary School parent volunteer, enthusiastically recalled Saturday’s Family Bingo and Silent Auction Night, hosted by the Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO.

“It was fantastic,” Lisberg said. “I think that it turned out so much better than we all anticipated it to be.”

Lisa Brown, chairperson of the event, had a similar sentiment.

“I would say that it surpassed all expectations that we had,” Brown said. “It was awesome to see so much camaraderie and school spirit in one place.”

She said that the school’s gym packed more than 350 people, accounting for more than 95 Blackberry Creek Elementary families.

More than $11,000 was raised at the event, the most money the Blackberry Creek Elementary PTO has raised during a fundraiser, Brown said.

“It was a huge success,” she said.

The money raised during the event will go toward technology purchases, school assemblies, field trips and playground equipment.

All auction items were purchased, including Kaneland staff time donations such as “All Scream for Ice Cream with Mr. Barth,” “Principal for a Day with Mrs. McCoy” and “The Music Man with Mr. Fox.”

As planned, the gymnasium was decked out in Kaneland’s signature black, silver and white. Silver stars landed on plastic tablecloths. And there were plenty of black and silver balloons. Students played Bingo while some teachers called out numbers for the game.

People in attendance could purchase popcorn, lemonade and cake pops (a treat with a tiny cake on a stick).

The magician Magic Matt, otherwise known as Matthew Scherer, whipped up animal balloon creations and magic for those in attendance. With the balloons, he created an iguana and a fishing pole that had a fish.

Lisberg’s son Wyatt, a third-grader, was impressed with the magic show.

“He did a lot of cool tricks,” Wyatt said. “He had this magic wand and had another magic wand come out of it.”

Bingo was nearly as much for Wyatt.

“I almost won,” he said. “I had one more (space to go).”