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Feature Article - 24, 2007

Panther Palooza at Prince Charles

by Jeff Green

Panther Palooza at Prince Charles

By Jeff Green

The school council at Prince Charles Public School in Verona has come up a new event to bring the community together, raise money for the school and the Christmas for Kids campaign, and celebrate the beginning of summer.

Panther Palooza is an outdoor dance, community barbeque, and silent auction scheduled for Friday night, June 1t, starting at 6:30 pm at the school.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available, and music will be provided by top-notch bands “Bauder Road”, “Condies All Stars”, and “The Slick Tricksters”.


Among the 43 items available at the silent auction are golf passes to several courses, camping passes to area campgrounds, passes to the Ontario Science Centre, Canada’s Wonderland, and the Ottawa Aviation Museum, a BBQ, and a pressure washer.

One of the highlights of the evening will take place before the bands take the stage. The Prince Charles’ Idol contest, thanks to the efforts of Grade 5 teacher Mrs. Aarsen-Bruhns will take place on Monday May 28, and the five top finishers will be performing at Panther Palooza before the bands take the stage.

“This is a new event for us,” said School Council Chair Nikki Gowdy, “and we really want it to bring the community into the school, which is so central to everything that goes on in Verona.”

Nikki is also happy to report that none of the proceeds from this event will have to go to the new play structure, which is now paid off. “While we have been working hard to pay off the play structure, lots of other things in the school have been let slide,” she said, “so the money we raise with Panther Palooza will go to a fund for field trips, classroom supplies, refurbishing the library, that sort of thing.”

Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to the Christmas for Kids Campaign, a local charity venture that is much appreciated by the school council.

Admission to Panther Palooza is $2 per child, $5 per adult, and $10 for families.

Weather permitting; all events will take place out of doors, except the silent auction, which will take place in the gym.

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