By Kristin Bednarski
The Batavia Middle School gymnasium will be transformed into an Italian-themed venue for That’s Amore, an art auction and dinner event that will raise funds for the school, March 26.
“Our goal is really to try to involve the community,” Nathan Warvel, the art teacher at the middle school, said. “The PTO has one main fund-raiser every year and they were looking for a different type of fund-raiser.”
Warvel said he had participated in an art auction fund-raiser at another district.
“We kind of came up with it from there,” Warvel said about hosting an auction at the middle school.
Warvel said Michael Testa, an auctioneer with The Michael Angelo Auction Company, donated his time for the event and helped them continue to expand on the idea.
“He has really inspired us to step up our game and has been a wealth of knowledge for how to set this live auction up,” Warvel said.
Warvel said there will be dinner, musical entertainment, a live auction, and a silent auction during the event.
“Doors are going to open at 6:30,” Warvel said. “We’re going to serve an Italian dinner and the dinner will run from 6:45-7:45.”
Warvel said during the dinner there will be a musical performance by Matt Snow the ‘Cincinnati Sinatra.’
Warvel the silent auction will take place during dinner, and the live auction will begin after dinner.
He said students are working to create a variety of pieces for the auction including ceramic artwork, mosaics as well as photography, paintings and drawings.
“We are trying to create things people would be proud to display in a home or business,” Warvel said.
Eighth grade students in Warvel’s art class worked on ceramic pieces March 13.
“I think it’s cool that it is going to be in the art auction,” Alex Appel, said about his work.
Spencer Fluegel said it has been fun to be able to create the pieces and especially be able to work with clay.
“Knowing everyone is going to see it makes you really want to try hard,” Cage Bishop, said about the artwork.
Warvel said he thinks students will be really proud of the work they contribute to the auction, and it will be a fun event for everyone, while also raising money.
“Funds are going to go to providing field trips for all the classes here at Batavia Middle School,” Warvel said. “Over the years things like field trips have been cut back drastically, and we have had to raise our own money.”
Warvel said all of the money raised is staying at the middle school.
He said they are hoping residents, businesses in the community and government officials will come to the event and enjoy it.
“I think the mood we’re trying to create is to transform the gymnasium and make this an event people will want to come back to every year,” Warvel said.
Warvel said individuals, businesses and organizations can also help underwrite costs. He said different levels of sponsorship include the Donatello level, the Leonardo level and the Michelangelo level.
For more information about That’s Amore, or to purchase a ticket for the event, visit www.bataviaschools.org.