On Mar. 31 the Belly Up Tavern will be the place to be for music, dancing and raising money for the Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) Foundation. The live auction and dance is the major fundraising event of the year for the TPHS Foundation and it promises to be a good time for a worthwhile cause. “DJ and AP English teacher Staci Ortiz-Davis will serve as the evening’s emcee. KUSI’s Paul Rudy will conduct the live auction. It’s an easy, fun evening with lots of dancing and laughter,” says Bobbi Karlson, Executive Director of the TPHS Foundation.

According to Karlson, the TPHS Foundation hopes to net $75,000 to $80,000 from auction items such as sporting activities, beauty products and services, travel and entertainment packages, and more. “One of the most popular items in the live auction is the Graduation Package, which includes ten VIP seats and two VIP parking passes to the TPHS graduation,” says Karlson.

Auction festivities officially kick-off with the Toast to Torrey event on Feb. 26 at the Pacific Athletic Club. Price of admission to the Toast to Torrey event is a bottle of wine, which will be sold during the 3-week silent online auction. “The Toast to Torrey is a pre-auction event that started in 2005 and is now a tradition. It’s designed to solicit fine wines and spirits to support the silent online auction, which opens on Mar. 9,” says Karlson.

Proceeds from all auction-related events will go toward purchasing digital projectors, laptops, document cameras and student response systems for classes, as well as supporting the college and career center and student leadership development.

For almost 20 years, the TPHS Foundation has raised money to bridge the gap between students’ needs and state and district funding. The TPHS Foundation supports the fundraising and volunteer efforts of approximately 40 different parent volunteer-led member and booster groups. “Our primary motivation has always been to enrich the education and developmental opportunities for all students. As state funding continues to decrease, our role becomes even more vital. We truly appreciate the generosity of the TPHS families,” says Karlson.

Visit www.torreypinesfoundation.org or call 858-793-3551 for additional information.