Thanks to more than 800 teams of detectives who participated in the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) “Who Dunnit” Benefit Auction, the Coronado mystery has been solved! And in the process, community members helped raise more than $140,000 for Coronado Schools.
“We are so grateful to our sponsors and the support of the community to help preserve STEM and art enrichment activities for our Coronado school children,” said Jeanmarie Bond, CEO of CSF. “It was amazing to watch everyone come together in their detective gear to solve the ‘crime,’ and the energy during the live auction and dance parties was infectious!”
Families of detectives watched the event live as they pieced together clues to solve a fictitious Coronado crime, enjoying guest appearances from local celebs like Mayor Richard Bailey, Chief of Police Charles Kaye, and more. According to CSF, the money raised at this year’s events will go to the next school year to help fund programs like iLab, Visual and Performing Arts, band, and more.
“The funds we are raising now will be used next year, when hopefully we can be together again in some way, shape or form,” said Leanne Anderson, Director of Development for CSF. “We know students will want to have access to their favorite classes and electives, whether that be robotics, KCMS Broadcasting, choir, or coding.”
Other event highlights included the action-packed live auction, where viewers attempted to stealthily outbid one another on everything from vacations to Hawaii and dude ranches to elaborate dinners and orthodontia packages. Alex Adamson, a 2009 Coronado High School graduate, scored the motherload, scooping up the Aloha Getaway, Trivia Night with Casey Tanaka, as well as the boat cruise to the Bali Hai. She said it was her way to give back to the schools that gave her so much.
“I’m incredibly grateful for everything Coronado schools did for me throughout my life, as both a student and an athlete,” said Adamson. “I’m thrilled to see the way the CSF team pulled together to make a fun evening, despite the circumstances of COVID.”
Parent detectives delighted in the short clips sent in by their children, as they talked about what they loved most about school. The kids discussed everything from iLab to dance and painting, even showing off some of their work.
“It warms my heart to see the community come together to support Coronado Schools during such a challenging time,” says Salof. “Together we can turn the tide and bolster our resolve to make something great out of this situation, while continuing to put our children’s education first.”
Did you miss the event? Not to worry! Families are still invited to play along and solve the crime! With a $100 donation, families are invited to pick up their own mystery kits, and watch the “crime” section of the evening with their kids, decipher the clues and catch the criminal. (You’ll never believe who dunnit). Simply email [email protected].
CSF wants to thank presenting sponsor Donna Salof, as well as the 2020 Business Auction Sponsors Mary Jo Morgan, the Hotel Del Coronado, Alan Kinzel, MRV Law Incorporated, Pacific Western Bank, Isabella Avenue Dentistry, Molly Haines McKay Berkshire Hathaway Realtor, California American Water, Ken Morris CFA CFP Merrill Lynch, Katie Herrick Coldwell Banker Realtor, Coronado Bliss Salon and Nicolls Design & Build for making this event possible.