An annual event to raise money for Waseca schools is taking place this weekend.
The Bluejay Blast, which is in its 11th year of existence, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 with family friendly events from 9-11:30 a.m. at Waseca Intermediate School and an adult only event at the Starfire Event Center that begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour.
The event is planned and put on by a Bluejay Blast committee, and with Amy Potter stepping away from chairing the committee, a position she’s held for 10 years, the chairs this year faced a unique challenge putting it all together.
“We started in August with a committee of 10 people that are going and contacting businesses in August for donations,” Laura DeWess, one of the chairs, said. “It’s a lot of time behind the scenes to put on a huge event like this … but when you see the support and everyone having fun from the community, it’s all worth it.”
The day will begin with family friendly events that include a silent auction, cotton candy station, face painting, Bingo and a pancake breakfast. There will also be a cupcake for cash event, where you can purchase a cupcake and if it has a colored filling, you win cash.
The evening will include a ring toss and a live auction, as well as heavy appetizers. There will also be live entertainment all night from bands that have students and teachers from Waseca schools. The evening events are adults only, but are open to the public.
“Most of the people are table sponsors, but you can pay $20 at the door and we’ll have a chair for you,” DeWess said.
DeWess said all of the proceeds go back into the Waseca school district, and will go towards funding projects such as new whiteboards, flexible classroom seating and funding grade-level school field trips. It’s the largest fundraiser the PTO puts on every year, with the schools getting around $68,000 last year from the event.
While putting on a large event like this is always stressful, DeWess and Melanie Teders, one of the other chairs of the committee, both agree that seeing the community support on the day makes everything worth it.
“I look forward to the fun of it. It’s a really fun time, we’ve got coaches making cotton candy which the kids love, it’s really fun seeing the auctions and the bidding wars that take place and the night portion is really fun to watch everyone raising money for the schools,” Teders said.
DeWess seconded that feeling, and from her position as a teacher at WIS, it’s doubly touching to see the support the community has for the schools.
“It’s amazing to see the huge community outreach, and the support this community and the families have for the school district,” DeWess said. “Seeing their support and knowing they want to help however they can is really eye opening.”