The Solana Beach Ball 2009 will be held from 6 to 11:30 p.m. April 18 at the Fairbanks Country Club.
Hosted by the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning, the annual event aims to raise $100,000 for art, science, technology and physical education at Solana Vista and Skyline elementary schools. Tickets are still available and can be bought for $100 at solanabeach
The 2009 ball will feature tapas, cocktails and dancing in the new, more intimate venue, as well as big-name hosts and entertainment.
"We are bringing a new level of elegance and professionalism to the event," said ball chair Nelia Ferris.
Parent and Channel 6 news anchor Lynn Stuart will emcee the semi-formal evening and professional auctioneer Bill Menish will oversee the live auction.
Solana Vista and Skyline are not facing dramatic cuts to enrichment programs like neighboring districts. However, these programs continue to be 100 percent dependent on parent support.
"We would not have art, science, P.E. or computers without parents," said Skyline Principal Lisa Denham. "There's just no way."
Cutting-edge equipment such as laptops, LCD projectors and document cameras, or some school upgrades, such as Skyline's lower playground, also has been funded through the foundation.
The Beach Ball is the foundation's biggest fundraiser of the year. Along with the live auction, there is an equally enticing silent auction, featuring dinner parties, outings with teachers, and many other items.
Also up for auction are the ever-popular student art pieces. Professional artists and talented parents worked with classrooms to create such beautiful things as a mosaic fountain, an acrylic seascape across three canvases, and a reproduction of Picasso's "Three Musicians."
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