PCEF holds annual dinner and auction fundraiser at Rivercrest

Cindy Stevens and Michele Caba co-chaired the PCEF winter fundraiser event at Rivercrest Golf Club Friday night. Photo by Virginia Lindak

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) hosted its annual fundraiser auction at Rivercrest Golf Club Friday evening, and attendees to the sold-out event enjoyed an elegant soiree that included dinner, drinks and hundreds of items up for bid.

Proceeds earned at the auction go toward supporting programs in the Phoenixville Area School District (PASD).

The mission of the PCEF is to provide resources that enhance the overall educational experience within the Phoenixville Area School District, including learning initiatives, preparedness programs and out-of-classroom activities. This is the 11th year PCEF has helped programs in the PASD.

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This years auction had 276 items up for bid, all of which were donated for the event. Items included sports memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to various shows and events such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Late Show with David Letterman, a mountain bike, artwork, dozens of gift baskets and much, much more.

A live auction was held for many of the items, as well as a live donation Fund a Cause event in which people donated money during a span of eight minutes. During Fund a Cause, patrons raised $16,000.

There was also a silent auction on hundreds of items, which took place via electronic bidding using cell phones and text messages.

Superintendent of Schools Alan D. Fegley said the $16,000 that was made during the Fund a Cause portion of the night will benefit different art programs within the school district.

The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation has done so many wonderful things for us over the years, said Fegley.

All the various activities they fund from our Destiny with Directions to our Robotics program. This year, we started a Strings program. Forty students signed up in the middle school that wanted to play. And now were checking the high school. The good news is they come up with funds to help students. Some students cant afford the instruments [and] funds can go towards that. We have all these really wonderful programs that theyve helped us get underway. [They are] great partners, Fegley remarked.

Co-chairs of the PCEF winter fundraiser event Michele Caba and Cindy Stevens were pleased with the evenings success.

Every year we pick a different cause. This year we chose the arts, which covers from Kindergarten to 12th grade promoting the arts, whether its art classes and supplies, school plays, choir, chorus, anything that is the arts, said Caba.

Stevens said attendance was great this year due to the events gaining popularity with parents within the school district.

We have almost 400 people this year, said Stevens. It has steadily grown every year because it is fun, people are really starting to learn about what we do and their kids are being touched by it. Their kids are involved in the programs and they know where their money is going and how it is touching their kids and making the community better because of that. A lot of people are bringing their kids back to the district because of the programs that we support.

Stevens continued, This one event brings in the bulk of the money we can spend in the district. This is our biggest community event fundraiser.

More information is available at www.pcefonline.com.