By Sharon Still

Apollo Beach Elementary School is gearing up for its annual Fall Festival, which for the first time, will coincide with its annual silent auction, now in its ninth year. The events will be held Friday, October 25 from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Apollo Beach Elementary School campus on Apollo Beach Blvd.

The Fall Festival, formerly known as Spooky Story night, will offer a myriad of activities and is open to all area residents.

The silent auction is held each year to raise funds for the school and the students. Last year, it raised $17,000 in profits used to purchase library books, soccer equipment and reading intervention software, among other things. This year, hopes are that the auction and upcoming Fun Run, scheduled for January, will raise a parallel amount according to PTA president Brenda Difede, adding that the money will be used for much-needed playground equipment as well as technology.

“The silent auction will feature tickets to local and regional attractions, fishing charters, spa-related items, school-related items, gift baskets and more,” said Difede.

She stated, “It is our hope that we will be able to raise enough funds to build a shade structure over the playground.”

Admission and parking are free. The free admission includes access to “Treat Street” sponsored by 20 local businesses, a spooky hallway for those over age eight  and not-so spooky hallway for the little ones, a variety of shows, the silent auction and food trucks. Wristbands will be $10 and will allow purchasers to participate in carnival-style games, pony rides, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and more.

Difede said that about 400 people attended last year’s event and she hopes for a similar turnout this year. Children and adults are encouraged to show up in costume.

Donations are still being accepted for the silent auction. Businesses and individuals interested in adding to the lives of area students are encouraged to contact Difede at brendaabepp


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