Planning continues for Torrey Pines High School Spring Auction Fundraiser


Planning continued Thursday, Jan. 12, at Torrey Pines High School for the big Spring Auction Fundraiser, which will begin online March 9, and culminate with a live auction, dinner and dancing at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on March 31. Parent volunteers and Torrey Pines High School Foundation officers met on the campus to review donations, organize sponsorships, plan decorating and to report on progress. “The Spring Auction is the largest fund-raiser of the year,” according to Foundation Executive Director Bobbi Karlson.

Spring Auction Chair Linda Wiener said that “initial solicitation letters went out to over 250 businesses on Wednesday, Jan. 11. We are looking for all type of auction items, including fitness packages, gift certificates, and donations of goods and services.”

The E-Bay style online auction may be accessed beginning March 9 at, and will feature approximately 150 items donated by the community and parents, while the live auction and casual-attire event at the Belly Up will feature higher ticket items and run from 5-8 p.m. Torrey Pines English Department Chair Staci Ortiz-Davis, will provide her DJ services for the function at the Belly Up. Ortiz-Davis is a former television news anchor (three cities over nine years) who pinch-hits at KUSI. She promises to keep the place hopping with a blend of disco (‘70s), boogie (‘80s) and more current material learned from her students. Paul Rudy, KUSI sportscaster and host of the Prep Pigskin Report, will serve as auctioneer.

This year’s Spring Auction will kick-off with a “Toast To Torrey” event hosted by the Pacific Athletic Club on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 5-7 p.m. The PAC has donated food and beverages for the first 100 attendees—each of whom is asked to bring a bottle of wine valued at $35 or more to be donated to the online auction.

Parents of students and all community members are welcome at both the Toast To Torrey and the Live Auction at the Belly Up. Ticket purchasers for the Live Auction may purchase Opportunity Drawing tickets for $10 each. The drawing winner will receive 10 coveted VIP field seats and two VIP parking spaces at this year’s Torrey Pines graduation ceremony. Other Live Auction items typically include dining, entertainment, health and beauty, sports, vacation get-aways and other unique items.

Parent volunteers Connie Cannon, Anna Chamberlin, Holly Coughlin, Anne Duskin, Bryn Emkjer, Marlaine Fetzer, Carla Hill, Sharon Fogg, Michelle Klein, Beth Solomon, and Renee Zau joined Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Denise Small, Wiener and Karlson for the on-campus meeting to assist in planning the event. Volunteer tasks include follow-up phone calls to businesses, gathering gift items, and organizing the Belly Up event which attracts from 200-400 people each year.

“We also need some Dads and some muscle,” said Decoration Committee Chair, Michelle Klein, “to help with set-up, lighting and break-down at the Belly Up on March 31.”

“The Foundation is looking forward to another successful event with the generous support of our school families and local community,” said Wiener.

The Torrey Pines High School Foundation was founded in 1993 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to help bridge the gap between the increasing cost of education and the insufficient funds from the district and State of California. The Foundation now serves as the umbrella organization to coordinate all parent and community fundraising and volunteer activities on the Torrey Pines campus. The Foundation supports the fundraising and volunteer efforts of close to 40 different parent volunteer-led member and booster groups.

The Foundation is governed by a board of directors comprised of parents, the principal, the ASB president and community leaders who believe in the importance of a strong and vital community high school. The day-to-day operations of the Foundation are managed by two full-time staff members and one part-time member.

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