This weekend is the single largest fundraiser for the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools :: Pacelli Panacea.
Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, Wisconsin is my alma mater. My husband and I both graduated from there in 1986. My sister graduated in 1991. My dad graduated in 1963. This weekend he is celebrating his 50th class reunion! My son is currently a sophomore with a graduation date of 2016; and my daughter will graduate there in 2019. We are clearly a house full of Pacelli pride!
Panacea is a three-day festival that was started on the Pacelli grounds in 1975. The goal of that first year was $25,000. Today, the fundraiser has grown considerably from its humble beginnings. It is held on the weekend after Labor Day every year. A great last hurrah of summer! Fun times with food, games, carnival rides, bingo, beer tents, bands and entertainment including the popular Pacelli Idol competition, new this year is a kickball tournament, farmer's market, cash and basket raffles and a silent auction...and much, much more! Oh, and in the spiritwear shop this year, I have been invited to sell my Pop-a-Dot Jewelry.
They have a major raffle for a car every year. A red car. This year the car is a Jeep Wrangler.
With my son about to get his temps and clamoring for when he can sign up for driver's ed, winning this would be awesome. Tickets are one for $25, three for $50 and seven for $100. In addition there are cash prizes in this raffle, so even if I don't win the car, I could get some cash!I think I will be buying at least seven tickets. ;-)
Since our mascot is the Cardinal, I got permission to use the logo to make up Dots. Lots of Dots. I also made up some inspirational Bible sayings. Over the past few weeks I have been a graphics buying fool. The cool thing about these graphics is that they are from artists all around the world. From New York to Russia and everywhere in between! Some new images that I have: fine art, art deco and art nouveau patterns, hand drawn flowers and hearts, tons of owls from realistic to cartoon, vintage Halloween, flowers, birds, hearts... you name it and I might have it! I even found some sports team images that reference not only our beloved Cardinals (Cardinals Rock!), but also our local neighbors SPASH (Stevens Point Senior High School - Panther Pride!) and Amherst (It's a Falcon Thing!).
I am continuing to print, cut and punch out the paper to make the Dots and tonight my goal is to make up at least 500 of them to have on hand. Lofty goal, I know. I also have to prep the displays and gather all the supplies I need. Tomorrow I set it all up. In addition, I purchased some new bases for pendants including a brushed nickel, Pacelli Cardinal red, bright neon colors, printed black and white patterns, and even the cutest silver flower shape. All of them are compatible with the Pop-a-Dot system to hold the 1" Dots.
So if you already have some Dots but need to add to your collection, this would be a great time to get more! And if you are new to the Pop-a-Dot Jewelry system, this is a great time to see it for yourself...and of course, help out a great cause.
And just a note... after meeting with the Commissioner of schools and getting him excited about the possibilities, going forward I intend for the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools (SPACS) system to be one my pet projects. That means there is the potential to do multiple fundraisers throughout the year for different groups and clubs so there will be many more opportunities to add to your growing Dot
Join me at Pacelli Panacea September 6-8, 2013!