By Pearson Brown
The Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier has always been a great
place for kids to enjoy rides, mid-way games and food treats like cotton
candy and popcorn, but on Sunday, April 27 it was the adults, along
with kids of all ages, who were entertained and feted -- with champagne
and delectable grown-up hors d’ oeuvres -- at the inaugural Pier Party, a
fundraiser for Santa Monica public schools.
All proceeds for the private, ticketed-only party went to the Santa
Monica-Malibu Education Foundation to help the organization meet its
goal of raising $4 million annually to support the SMMUSD Vision for
Student Success, a program that ensures excellence for every school and
every student in the district.
At the event, the Santa Monica College Faculty Association donated $5,000 to the cause.
While the attendance estimate by organizers was around 1,000
families, the park lines were short, and there was plenty of room to
walk about, and even hula hoop, which many children did in a an
impromptu exhibit of their hip swinging skills.
Other sights and sounds of the event included DJ Mark Ray providing
music and emcee honors and a performance by local singing heart-throbs
the Sposato Brothers from Malibu High.
A seaside cabana VIP area was reserved for guests paying top ticket
prices of $175 which included brunch provided by the area's finest
restaurants including Blue Plate Taco, Caffe Luxxe, Chinois on Main, Del
Frisco's Grille, FIG, Hostaria del Piccolo, Hotel Erwin, JiRaffe,
Joe's/Bar Pintxo, The Lobster, Michael's, Primitivo, and The Wilshire.
The crowd for the event was well mannered and well dressed, and the atmosphere was festive, friendly and polite.
While the event was open to all who bought a ticket, starting at $25
for an all-day wrist band for unlimited rides, it seemed that attendees
were conscious of the fact that the lady and her family in front of them
in line for the West Coaster or Whac-a-Mole might be a parent of a
classmate, or even a teacher, so good behavior was the rule of the day.
Other activities included a raffle for gift baskets, sports gear, spa
treatments and restaurants gift certificates; a live auction for a
Terrenea Resort stay, Poseidon stand-up paddle board, diamond earrings
and a four-hour ride-along with a Santa Monica police officer; and an
arts and crafts table hosted by PS Arts for children to decorate
Japanese Carp windsocks and a touch-and-feel tank of sea creatures from
the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
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