Upper Arlington News

Annual event at Wickliffe Elementary

Informal Affair will support arts education


Wickliffe Informal Affair 2012 will feature an auction of student artwork and items donated by staff members and local businesses.

Sponsored by the Parent & Teacher Organization at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School, the eighth annual event begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1860 Northam Road.

This year's event celebrates 40 years of informal education in Upper Arlington and is for adults only, parent organizer Jois Goldman said.

Tickets are $20 each or $30 for a pair and may be purchased online at informalaffair.org.

Goldman said last year's event raised more than $20,000.

Entertainment includes a performance by Principal Chris Collaros' band, Principally Speaking A+ and local Upper Arlington musician and parent Colin Gawel.

"We have such an amazing and artistic group of parents who have a passion for Wickliffe and working with these children," Goldman said. "This year, we even have folks volunteering who don't have children at Wickliffe."

Some of the auction items include a Golden Bear sculpture that is also a pencil sharpener, a large-scale ruler, handmade quilt, music video, graphic novel, photographic pieces and more.

Goldman said every student at Wickliffe created classroom art projects, along with artwork inspired by Wickliffe's live link to the International Space Station in August.

She said proceeds from the ticket sales, as well as live and silent auctions, will benefit the school's cultural arts and enrichment programs, which include author visits, arts off campus, the artist-in-residence program, in-school performances, teacher grants for classrooms and more.

The auctioneer will be former ABC/FOX reporter Johnny DiLoretto.

"This is a chance for residents to enjoy a wonderful art show as well as have the opportunity to bid on great auction items," Goldman said.