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Elise McVeigh

UP Elementary had a ball at the “UP in Paradise” Auction last Saturday night, which raises money to benefit UP Elementary. The event, held at Northwood Country Club, was organized and executed by a hard working committee under the leadership of Stacy Kelly and Liz Helton. Parents were encouraged to come in their best “Beach Chic” outfit. The live auction was a hit with the return of the “Library Lock-In,” where the lucky winner gets to spend the night with the UP librarian. Other great items included a ski vacation trip to Aspen/Snowmass for 10 people. Their silent auction included items such as sports tickets, trips, jewelry, luxury services, gift cards and hundreds of exclusive items. Dad’s Club President Rob Flint said, “This year's UP Auction was a lot of fun.  It's always great to come together with friends to raise money in support of UP Elementary.  Stacy Kelly and the committee who organized the event did a fantastic job.”

The MIS/HPMS Supply Room will be temporarily closing its window beginning Monday, Nov. 19.  The makeover will take place over the week of Thanksgiving; a new and improved “HP Raider Supply Shop” will re-open for business on Wednesday, Nov. 28.  The remade supply room will be restocked with all new merchandise for students, including athletic accessories, personal and gift items, and new school spirit supplies.  HPMS President Nancy Monning said “We decided that it was time for a makeover after 17 years, and we are excited to increase school spirit while raising money. One hundred percent of the proceeds are returned to MIS/HPMS to meet our technology needs and fund instructional materials for classrooms.” The Raider Supply Shop will extend its shopping hours November 28th, 29th and 30th to include Advisory hours, 2 to 4 p.m. 

The 13th annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association (abpa) “Homes for the Holidays” Home Tour will take place on Friday, Dec. 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s co-chairs, Heather Creel and Mindy Hopkins, along with Treasurer Susie Issac, are proudly featuring five homes in Highland Park. They include a sprawling Tudor with beautiful gardens, a stunning manor with exquisite art and an elegant traditional Georgian home. Creel said, “Chairing the home tour is a way to give back to the abpa and my children’s school which have both given so much to our family.” Proceeds benefit kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Armstrong and Bradfield. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb or online by CLICKING HERE.

Highland Park resident Christine McKenny is bringing back “The Gingerbread Stroll” for the second year in a row at Highland Park Village. McKenny is excited about raising money to donate to this year’s beneficiary Community Partners of Dallas. Attendees at the event, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Nov. 30, will stroll among 14 Highland Park Village merchants and silently bid on elaborate gingerbread houses created by pastry chefs at Dallas’ top hotels, among them The Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Four Seasons Resort. Participants may vote for their favorite gingerbread house at Celebrity Café and Bakery, and be entered in a drawing. McKenny said, “You will be inspired to make your own gingerbread house and even get a few ideas from the professionals.” In honor of The Gingerbread Stroll this year, ESCADA will also host a Hot Chocolate Bar complete with adult and child favorites on Nov. 23 and Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. You can follow The Gingerbread Stroll on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.