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Vickery Creek Elementary School in Cumming, Viking Voyage Auction an overwhelming success

by Staff Reports

October 22, 2013

Going once, going twice: Assistant Principal and auctioneer Derrick Hershey gets the crowd going as the bids go higher and higher at Vickery Creek Elementary’s first-ever Viking Voyage Auction school fundraiser.
Not wanting to be outbid, these VCE parents raise their paddles in hopes of winning the bid and helping their school at the same time.
CUMMING, Ga. Vickery Creek Elementary School raised a whopping $32,000 in one night at its first-ever Viking Voyage Auction Oct. 4. The school's PTA decided to forgo traditional fundraisers like fun runs and wrapping paper sales in favor of inviting the entire VCE community to the school for a night of fun, food, entertainment and fabulous auction items.

More than 400 Viking parents attended the auction night. Generous community sponsors and VCE partners donated more than 120 items to go on the auction block for the school, as Vickery Creek teachers, administration and students also got in on the act. Teachers offered up specialty services for bid ranging from art and music lessons to a pajama party afternoon, while each class of students created one-of-a-kind crafts for the silent auction.

"The response from the parents and community was absolutely overwhelming," said PTA Co-President Susan Kline. "We had businesses lining up to donate goods and services for our school, and our parents were enthusiastic bidders all night.

"At times, the bidding was very intense," Kline said. "We expected hot items like Disney World Park Hopper passes, Falcons tickets and 50 percent off of a local orthodontist's services to receive big bids and they did but we were amazed at the amount of outbidding that occurred for many of the children's crafts in the silent auction and the number of paddles that were raised in the live auction for services like 'Principal for a Day.'"

VCE Principal Kristan Riedinger thanked the parents and businesses for all of their support, and said the Viking Voyage's success will allow Vickery Creek to purchase more tablets for classrooms and help fund renovations in the media center and cafeteria.

"With Viking Voyage, we have started a new tradition at Vickery Creek," Riedinger said. "It was a night created by VCE and for our VCE family that will benefit our school community for some time. We look forward to setting sail on another Viking Voyage next year with our fantastic parents and sponsors."