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Edible Expo Kicks Off Dent Fundraising Effort
They're trying something a little different to raise funds this year for Dent Elementary School.

While past years have brought the traditional fall fundraiser of catalog sales featuring cookie dough and holiday wrapping paper, this year will offer up an 'Escalon Edible Expo' at the city's Community Center coming up this Saturday, Sept. 18.

"We thought we would try this different event, hopefully tap more of our resources, involve our local businesses," explained April Adams, one of the coordinators of the expo. "We decided in May to do something different and the people we have talked to have been really receptive to the idea."

The expo is a fundraiser for the Dent PTO, Parent Teacher Organization, with a portion of the proceeds helping to pay for field trips for the school's fourth and fifth grade students and some set aside for general classroom needs at all grade levels.

The ticket price of $25 gets you in to the Community Center on Saturday (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) for food and drink samples from such favorites as Wong's Chinese Deli, Leonardo's Café, Shorty's, Pizza Plus, Rosa's Bakery, D'Boni's and more. Costa's, Starbucks, Big Dipper, Sicily Pizza, Premier Foods, MarVal, and Schwans will also be on hand with samples and beverages will range from booths featuring Coors light beer, Pyramid beer, Bronco Winery and DeVinci. There will also be a no host bar, plenty of music and a silent auction.

Adams, who is the fundraising chairperson this year for the Dent PTO, said there will also be opportunity drawings and many people in the community have stepped up to provide items for that portion of the program.

Chief among the prizes available are a four-day Mexican cruise offered through the PTO, a BBQ grill from Ace Hardware and an Ipod provided through Cromwell and Ney. The fourth and fifth graders are selling tickets for those large items for the fourth grade field trip to Asilomar in the spring and the fifth grade Science Camp trip at the start of their sixth grade year.

Each grade level has also put together a gift basket, which cover a variety of themes.

"People were anxious for something different," Adams noted of the rationale behind hosting an expo instead of selling wrapping paper. "We've had so many people in the community, moms and dads at the school helping out."

There is still time to get tickets and enjoy an evening of fun and fundraising for the school. Purchase tickets at Dent Elementary or from PTO members. Organizers hope this will be first of what will become the annual 'Edible Expo.'