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Arts & Tech Legacy Auction returns April 21

TULALIP — The Marysville Arts & Technology High School's fifth-annual Legacy Auction will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, to help support its students.

"This year's auction is getting down to brass tacks," said Kathleen Steck, auction chair and PTSA president for the Arts & Technology High School. "We are foregoing a dinner and high ticket prices, and are instead doing a dessert and beverages. The dessert bar will feature local dessert artisans, to get back to grass roots and support local small business."

Steck explained that a portion of this year's proceeds would be used to provide for the needs of Arts & Technology students that are not being met due to the impacts of state and federal funding cuts on the Marysville School District.

"We will be providing a grant to the school in order to help fill the gap as these needs arise," said Steck, who estimated that the school's student body numbers about 400. "We are also raising funds for the 2012 Senior Grad Party."

The Marysville Arts & Technology High School at 7204 27th Ave. NE will serve as the site for the event, with its doors opening for registration from 6-6:30 p.m. Although seats are being reserved in advance, attendees may still purchase tickets at the door.

The three-section silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be followed by a live auction, for which more than 100 local businesses and families have donated close to 100 items, including:

• Two tickets to the the Fifth Avenue Theatre production of "Rent," complete with an overnight stay at the Nexus Hotel and dinner at Ivar's.

• A day at the races at Emerald Downs.

• A sapphire-and-diamond teardrop earring set in gold from Wagner Jewelers.

• An overnight stay in the Orca Suite of the Tulalip Resort Hotel, along with a dining certificate.

• A Seahawks football autographed by Marshawn Lynch.

• An assortment of private horseback riding lessons, pedicures and hair salon services, Silvertips tickets, restaurant gift certificates, museum passes and much more.

"For five years, the parents and students of each senior class have worked to leave a legacy for incoming students and staff," Steck said. "We teach our students that community is important, as is giving back and paying it forward. We have filled some very large orders in the past, outfitting our stage with lighting and curtains, completing the Legacy Field by installing a walking path and fit trails, and providing cutting edge technology for our science department, as well as handheld instruments that work with interactive whiteboards so that our staff can teach more efficiently."

Steck also cited graphing calculators, SLR cameras and grants to help enrich the students' learning environment as among the other improvements made possible by the Legacy Auction.

Admission is $10 per person. For more information, contact Steck by phone at 360-653-4573 or via email at seattlekatie@yahoo.com.

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