Watering the Learning Tree

Bulletin photo by Jennifer Burden

Byron Geis and Troy Stone check out the food served by Bonafide at the annual Learning Tree Christian School fundraiser dinner held Saturday night at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center.

Buffalo residents put on their best dress Saturday to raise funds for the Learning Tree Christian School.

The event featured both live and silent auctions including items such as a toy chest and homemade pies. The item that brought the highest bid was a dinner for eight at the Urruty Ranch, which sold for $775.

The event raised $20,800 after expenses. Event organizer Megan Washut said it was a great night.

The proceeds from the gala provide for the basic needs of the Learning Tree Christian School, Washut said.

“The intent was to raise money for the school,” Washut said. “For programs, playground or any sort of equipment and any educational materials that they would need.”

One of the much-needed items to be purchased is a Google Home Mini, which will allow instructors more mobility and control over media for the students without having to turn their backs to the kids, according to Dianne Urruty, the school’s director.

Another large project will be the addition of an enclosed space in the yard that gives special education instructors a space to work with kids who require extra time.

“Our building comes to a ‘U’ with an open center,” Urruty said. “We want to close that in on the west side. … We’re hoping to get that finished by February. It could be kids that just have a lag in their development with a certain area. So we pull them and work with them in that area where the lag is because early intervention is so huge, but we don’t have a place where we can quietly work with kids. ”

The event included a dinner, catered by Bonafide Foods from Sheridan, as well as baskets filled with homemade fall treats available for purchase to also aid in raising money for the school.

For this year’s gala, Washut decided to add something special and hold the first live auction featured during the event.

“We had 66 silent auction items,” Washut said. “And then we had 12 live auction items. We’ve not done that before. It was something that we thought we would try out this year, so Jake Gay from Brannian Auction helped us do that.” Urruty was impressed with the turnout of public support for the school.

“It was fabulous,” Urruty said. “We had great turnout and great support, it was amazing.”

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