Clovis Christian School fundraiser moved to spring

Liliana Castillo

Clovis Christian School faculty has moved one of the school’s two annual community-wide fundraisers from the Christmas season to the spring season.

The school’s Spring Fling Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Civic Center.

Superintendent Ladona Clayton said the school annually holds a dinner and auction around Christmas but decided to hold the event in spring this year.

“People’s lives are very busy at Christmas,” Clayton said. “We thought a spring fling would be a nice change of venue.”

Clayton said the faculty has set a goal of $50,000, up $5,000 from the event’s goal last year.

The money raised at Saturday’s event goes to operational expenses at the private school.

“The money feeds directly to our students by paying for utility costs, teacher salaries and scholarships for students who can’t afford to attend a private Christian school,” Clayton said.

Clayton said money will also go to textbooks, supplies and other instructional materials.

Clayton said 36 percent of the school’s student population are receiving financial assistance.

“We will help anyone,” Clayton said.

Money will be raised in various ways Saturday. Tickets for the dinner are $25 a person and can be purchased at the school on Hinkle Street.

The Clovis Christian School high school praise and worship team will perform at the dinner.

There will also be a silent, live and pick-a-prize auctions.

Clayton said silent auction items will include a variety of baskets, paintings and gift certificates donated by businesses in the community. Parents Assisting in Christian Education helped each classroom create a unique auction item that represents that class. Clayton said there will be 14 of them and she said they bring in the most money.

The live auction will consist of five or six large items that Clayton said traditionally go for around $500 and $2,000.

The pick-a-prize auction is a combination raffle and auction. Auction participants purchase a number and the number is places in a hopper. For each item, a number is pulled from the pool and the person who has purchased that number wins the prize. After the number is pulled, it is returned to the pool so participants can win multiple prizes. Clayton said there will be about 70 items in the pick-a-prize auction.

“It will be a fun-filled evening of entertainment, camaraderie and an opportunity to purchase or win some awesome items to support CCS so you know it goes to a great cause,” Clayton said.

CCS Chief Financial Officer Luanne Burgin said the annual dinner and auction has been held by the school since she began working there in 1996. She said about 300 people attend each year.

“There’s a lot of auction items that they wouldn’t normally get anywhere else. There’s some very special items and the school makes money. It’s a good situation,” she said.

Burgin said she attends the event and that people enjoy the evening.

“It’s an evening of entertainment and fun. It’s a fun time of fellowship,” she said.

Fast Facts

What: Clovis Christian School Spring Fling Benefit Dinner and Auction

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Clovis Civic Center

Information or tickets: 763-5311