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May 10, 2011 > Tiki Tiki Luau in Sunol

Tiki Tiki Luau in Sunol

By Alyson Whitaker

Grass skirts may be optional, but the spirit of "Aloha" is required at the upcoming Sunol Glen Spring Fling! The Sunol Glen Community Club will be holding their annual spring fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, with a Hawaiian Luau theme.

The Community Club is Sunol Glen's parent/teacher organization, and works closely with administration and teachers to help bridge the gap between state funding for education and what is needed to provide a well-rounded and balanced education for the students.

Last spring, when the school's well-loved art and music programs were on the chopping block due to budget cuts, the Community Club held a spring pledge drive, raising more than $70,000-enough to partially support the art and music programs for two years.

In addition to contributing to the arts, Community Club supports the school garden, has donated over $5,000 this year to improve school technology, subsidizes field trips including 6th grade Science Camp, enhances classroom literacy, and each year provides classroom "wish list" funding to each of the grade level teachers. Contributions and support from the Community Club also cover the costs of fun events for students throughout the year including the annual Spelling Bee, Earth Week celebrations, book fairs, Heroes Day, and more.

This year's spring fundraiser will be held at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol. The event includes a dinner of delectable hearty appetizers, tropical drinks, and tempting desserts, along with wine selections courtesy of several local vineyards. Entertainment will consist of live island dancing, provided by Faiva 'O Polinisia.

Most of the funds raised will be through live and silent auctions. Each class at the school has created a custom and unique art project to be auctioned, showcasing talents like felting wool, glass bead making, photography, and more. Many staff members and teachers have donated "Time with Teachers" activities, which are always a big hit.

In addition to the handmade auction items, there are dozens of other items that will be up for bid-Disneyland Park Hopper passes, a week-long stay at a house in Tahoe, tickets to ride the Skunk Train, and a Room Makeover by Marie Antoinette Interiors, just to name a few.

For those unable to attend the event, but wanting to support the Community Club, an option for a flat donation is also offered this year.

The Luau will provide the Community Club nearly half of its operating budget for the coming year. The programs and activities that are supported by Community Club enrich the educational experience for all students at the small K-8 public school located in the heart of Sunol.

Childcare services will be offered during the event at the nearby school for a fee, allowing parents to leave their youngsters in good hands for the evening.

Tickets to the event are $35, and may be purchased online at Donations to the Community Club of any amount may also be made online. The Sunol Glen Community Club is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds directly benefit students.

If you have an item or service you would like to donate to the event, contact Kindra Mendall at (510) 331-1821 or

Tiki Tiki Luau
Saturday, May 14
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Elliston Vineyards
463 Kilkare Road, Sunol
(510) 331-1821

Ticket price is $35

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