Music makes for more than a silent auction

Oak Bay Parent Owned Preschool fundraiser makes surprise spring appearance

A shift in seasons seems to boost an annual fundraising tradition at Oak Bay Parent Owned Preschool.

The preschool launches its first spring fundraiser on April 23 in the neighbouring Canadian College of the Performing Arts space.

“It’s the first time we’re holding it in the spring,” said parent Lisette Hay.

“We decided to put it off. (Fall) was just crazy, so we decided the spring would be a good idea.”

Their annual silent auction – their largest fundraiser of the year – is far more than a silent auction.

“We’re getting some awesome donations. I think it’s going to be heavy attended,” Hay said.

Bid items include Rifflandia Super Passes, Aqua Lung dive and swim packages, Silk Road Tea and chocolate party for 10, City of Victoria Fire Department “special visit” for four children, Soccertron camp and many hotel stays, spa packages and retail and restaurant gift certificates.

Funds raised support the school operated by parents of the students.

“We’ve been around for 45 years now. It’s completely operated by the parents and the ECE (early childhood educator),” said Hay, whose daughter graduated to Kindergarten at École Willows Elementary this year, while her two youngest still attend the preschool.

“Our kids are all thriving there. We’re a family because we all work so closely there. We all have a role in running it.”

The families all bring dishes for the potluck food available alongside a cash bar of beer and wine.

“We’re going to have a couple of live jazz musicians,” said Hay. “We love the school we love the community of Oak Bay. It’s just bringing everybody together for a  fun event.”

Tickets are $10 and are available at oakbaypreschool.com or by calling 250-592-1922.

The event is April 23 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at 1701 Elgin Rd.