'Extravaganza' set at Danville middle school
DANVILLE — Some Danville middle school staffers hope to raise some money for the school and showcase its new cafetorium at the first South View Middle School Extravaganza.
The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 in the school cafetorium, 133 E. Ninth St., Danville. It is open to the public.
At the event, people will be able to buy merchandise from at least 18 different vendors including Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Scentsy, Velata (Scentsy's new chocolate fondue products), 31 Bags, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Park Lane, Cupcakes! By Julie, Concept Design and Signature Homes. There also will be handmade crafts for sale and chiropractic massages by Dr. Scott Ritchie of the Back Pain Clinic in Danville.
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the school. Organizer Jamie Skovran, a South View teacher, hopes to raise $1,000 for the school.
But "since this is our first event, I'm not sure where we will land," she said.
Skovran, who teaches seventh-grade science and social studies, has been involved in direct sales for about four years. She sold jewelry for a couple of years and has been a Scentsy representative for the last two years.
"This has been done at other schools," Skovran said of the fundraiser. "I always wanted to do one with my business, and South View was first in my mind."
She said once she put the word out she wanted to do a fundraiser for her school, a lot of friends and colleagues who sell products or are small-business owners jumped on board.
Skovran said the cafetorium, which was built as part of the school's recent $12.3 million renovation and was opened earlier this year, will provide the perfect venue.
"We want to make people feel welcome at the school," she said, adding school officials hope to open up the building to provide community services and events during non-school hours in the future.
In addition to the vendors, the event will also feature raffle drawings and a silent auction for a wide selection of prizes donated by the vendors. Raffle tickets are 1 for $1, seven for $5 or 15 for $10. Winners will be announced at the end of the event, and they do not need to be present to win.