Big Crowds for PTA Fundraiser

“The best day ever!” says Jake Willaert of St. Petersburg, 6, who won a raccoon tail game during the Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School PTA fundraiser Saturday. His mother, Lisa Willaert, said Jake had the tail “attached to his butt all day.”

“The best day ever!” says Jake Willaert of St. Petersburg, 6, who won a raccoon tail in a game during the Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School PTA fundraiser Saturday. His mother, Lisa Willaert, said Jake had the tail “attached to his butt all day.”

 

Beyond success.” That’s how Bob Kalach, principal of the Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School on St. Pete Beach, described the fundraiser held by the school’s PTA on Saturday, October 10.

“Unbelievable the turnout,” he said. “It seemed liked it was thousands that came through during the day.”

For the event the PTA partnered with several organizations, including Support Our Troops, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Day School and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, Kalach said. Deuces BBQ in St. Petersburg donated more than 400 pounds of mullet and 300 pounds of chicken for the fundraiser. But it still wasn’t quite enough for the large crowd. So many people attended, said Kalach, that the food ran out a couple of hours before closing.

“It wasn’t just a Gulf Beaches Elementary School event; it was a true St. Pete Beach island event,” he said. The elementary school reopened in the fall of 2014 as a technology magnet known as the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning after being closed in 2009 due to low enrollment.

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