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Muirlands party sparks up fundraiser with variety

There was something for everybody Sunday night at the La Jolla Country Club, with the common goal of raising money for Muirlands Middle School.

Boutique vendors lined one banquet hall, while Sunday Night Football played on two projection TVs in the next room over. Poker and putting tournaments were also big pieces of the evening. It was all part of the fifth annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser for the local middle school, only this time it included a sports-themed tailgate twist.

“It pretty much was just a women-only event,” Muirlands Foundation President Alison Lee said of the event now known as Game On, Shop On: The Ultimate Tailgater. “To expand the reach and to get more husbands involved and make it a little more fun, we added poker, putting and the Sunday Night Football game.”

Tickets cost $50 each, and roughly 150 people attended the event. Proceeds will fund school personnel, such that there will be enough money for an extra section of science for each grade level. Muirlands also announced its recently concluded Peace, Love, Change fundraising campaign raised $79,000.

“This is great,” said Principal Chris Hargrave. “It’s wonderful that we have so much support at the middle level for events such as this, and this money does go to helping the school.”

Foundation project chairs Lettie Meyer and Vera Pitrofsky, who is a member of the country club, organized the event. It was the first time it took place on a Sunday evening. In previous years it was more of a luncheon-type event with vendors.

“To include the husbands,” Pitrofsky said. “The turnout has been very good, it’s just a different crowd than the daytime.”

The foundation is also working on a spring fundraiser called Muirlands Rocks, which will take place on the resurfaced athletic field.