Monday, March 22, 2010
La Gran Pachanga: A Benefit for Buena Vista Elementary School
On Friday night, Ben (my soon to be hubby) and I decided to attend La Gran Pachanga: A Benefit for Buena Vista Elementary School at 111 Minna, where there was over 250 pieces of art, jewelry, and clothing by local artists in a silent auction. Now, as a middle school teacher, I know how much schools are hurting with all of the budget cuts. Class sizes are increasing, teachers are being laid off, and programs are being cut. I could go on forever on my tirade about these budget cuts and how I just don't see how this government can keep cutting funds and expect schools to function and teach students well. But instead on focusing on the negative, I am going to write about this benefit and how supportive the community was.
Rubyspam, Sean Chapman, and Gage Opdenbrouw were a few of the many artists who donated their works for the silent auction. Rachel Znerold, a friend and great fashion designer, was doing a live painting that was then to be auctioned off. I caught a few shots of her in the middle of painting this enormous piece. I really wanted to stop by later and see her progress but as the night progressed, the place was even more packed and it took a good 15 minutes to walk about 10 feet. I'm sure she did great and I hope all the work there went for a pretty penny since it was such a great fundraiser. I know Ben and I made bids on a few pieces that we are hoping we won.
It's a shame that any school would have to have a fundraiser in order to be able to fund programs and supplies. That really should be the government's job but at least there was a great turn out. It's nice to see a community come together to support a good cause.
Images: Rachel Znerold working on her painting at 111 Minna and her completed painting after 3 hours of work.