More than 250 people dressed in their finest attire were greeted by high-school football players and cheerleaders as they made their way into the clubhouse at Oakmont Country Club for the La Cañada Spartan Boosters Club's auction dinner on Saturday night.
The grand auction, benefit dinner is the largest fundraiser for the Boosters each year.
"It's critical because it's probably half of the revenue we raise for the whole year," said Jim Moore, vice president of the Boosters Club. "We are trying to raise at least $75,000 for the school just from tonight, and build community at the same time."
Along with community members attending the event, La Cañada High Principal Jackie Luzack and 7/8 Principal Anais Wenn also showed their support. Many La Cañada Unified School District board members, including President Jeanne Broberg and board member Cindy Wilcox, also were in attendance.
La Cañada Unified Supt. Jim Stratton was also there and was honored for his 19 years of service in the district. For the past two years under Stratton's leadership, LCUSD has achieved the distinction of being the second-highest-rated K-12 district in California, according to the academic performance index. Stratton received a letter of recognition from the Boosters Club and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, of the 44th district.