Steamboat Springs At Christian Heritage, school-wide preparations are under way for the 11th annual silent auction and musical program, the school's main fund-raiser of the year.
High school and elementary students alike are busy with their own contributions, stitching pillows, painting furniture, and decorating gift baskets.
Chairwoman Julie Smalley said the auction is unique for the variety of items offered.
"There's something for every whim," she said.
Donations include tickets to the Lion King at the Denver Performing Arts Center with hotel accommodations, handcrafted quilts and paintings, home decorations, a ski pass, a shirt signed by the Olympic freestyle team, which includes three silver-medalists, and gift certificates to fine restaurants in Steamboat.
"We are grateful for the tremendous community support we have received for the auction," Smalley said.
This year, the auction sponsors are TCD, Inc., Vectra Bank, Wells Fargo, Steamboat Motors, First National Bank, Sleeping Giant Insurance and Financial Services, Prudential Steamboat Realty, Frontier Structures and Weston Oil.
Elementary Principal and Chief Administrator Betty Lockhart said the auction is a way to help keep tuition affordable as the school continues to expand with the addition of a preschool next fall.
Smalley said the goal is to raise $58,000.
The auction and musical program are also an opportunity for families interested in the school to get a feel for what CHS is about. The theme for the program this year is "Welcome to CHS Be a Part of Our World," said Sophie Melvin, who is coordinating the project.
The agenda showcases the students in skits, a speech, a multi-media presentation and music.
"I have a heart for the school and want to see it become all it can be," said Smalley, a parent of two CHS students.
She said many parents donate to the auction and spend many hours volunteering their time.
Lockhart said she hopes to see the school become a stronger academic presence in the community by raising awareness at the auction.
Although people know about the school,
they often do not realize the strength of the institution, Smalley said.
The silent auction begins at
6 p.m. on Friday at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a dessert buffet will be served. There will also be a time for donations.
Reservations are required. Admission is free.
For more information, call 879-1760.
Meredith Geldmeier is a Christian Heritage School student and Pilot & Today intern.