I am writing this on behalf of the entire Ron Nunn Parents Club. My name is Heidi Erickson and I am the secretary on the Ron Nunn Parents Club this year. In January, I decided I would chair or co-chair a spring event to raise money for our school. Countless hours and many, many phone calls from all of the board to many local businesses paid off!
I have to say that we could not have succeeded in this event without the generous and overwhelming support of Nines restaurant and its manager, Frank Silva. My co-chair and I met with him in early January and they really came to the party with a level of generosity and grace that was overwhelming. I was astounded. We all spent months planning this event.
The Ron Nunn Elementary Parents Club held its inaugural Spring Fling at Nines on Saturday, May 2. This was intended to be a community event, and boy was it! As the rain poured Saturday morning, I didn’t know if it was all going to work out. After several very stressful hours I started to crack.
The General Manager at the Nines, Ray Wunder, and his staff of amazing managers (Lisa and Kym) glued me back together and we all rallied to make the event one to remember. MamaLuke! was so generous with its time and put on quite a show. Nines Executive Chef Vince Moore laid out the spread, and the food was delicious. Thousands of dollars worth of community-donated items were raffled and auctioned off and we had such a successful event.
With so many budget cuts last year in our education system, and the fear and realization of more next year, it was so important for us as a board to go out with a bang and really leave our positions with dignity and grace – and leave next year’s board with some funds to support abandoned programs. We managed to raise more than $7,000 in one evening for our school.
On top of that, the teachers and the parents were able to get out for an evening and have a little fun, do some dancing and enjoy themselves. It must be said that we could not have been so successful without the support of many of the local businesses here in Brentwood and in the Bay Area.
Thank you especially to Bloomfield Winery, Hannah Nicole Winery, MamaLuke! and Nines restaurant. Thanks to the entire board for helping me call and pick up donations and for jumping on board with me and my crazy ideas! I know we all loved working together this year; it will be a year to be remembered.
Heidi Erickson, Ron Nunn Parents Club Secretary