Correction and Update: The Celebrate Our Schools Gala raised $96,000, but only $80,000 for the technology initiatives after expenses were paid for.
The second annual Celebrate Our Schools Gala held on Oct. 20 at St. Clair Country Club raised $96,000 for the Upper St. Clair School District, Director of Advancement Liz Hall reported Monday night to the school board members.
After expenses were paid for, $80,000 was left that the district will use toward the purchase of a new PA system in the high school football stadium and new technology equipment, such as iPads.
About $45,000 was raised through sponsorships and $23,000 was raised during the live and silent auctions. About 275 people attended the event.
Last year, the inaugural gala raised $55,000 and had about 200 attendees.
The Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair donated money to pay for the gala's costs. Moscow Mule performed music at the event free of charge.
Next year's gala will take place on Oct. 19.
Hall also reported the district is generating $6,000 through advertising signs in Upper St. Clair High School's large gym and two more three-year signage deals are under negotiation.
Hall proposed also selling advertising space in the small gym, Fort Couch Middle School gym and Boyce Middle School gym.
In addition, through the EITC program, Thermo Fisher Scientific is donating $10,000 to the district for its STEM program and P.J. Dick, Trumbull, and Lindy Paving is donating $10,000 to the district for new innovative education programs.