Fundraiser brings princess magic to Chatham students

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Chatham’s Brooklyn Roebuck, centre, takes a moment with student volunteer Paige Lachine, 11, and princess for a day Sophia Murphy, a Kindergarten student at St. Ursula’s School, at the second annual Once Upon a Snowball fundraiser at Links of Kent on Saturday.
Chatham’s Brooklyn Roebuck, centre, takes a moment with student volunteer Paige Lachine, 11, and princess for a day Sophia Murphy, a Kindergarten student at St. Ursula’s School, at the second annual Once Upon a Snowball fundraiser at Links of Kent on Saturday.

Once Upon a Snowball fundraiser at the Links of Kent on Saturday featured lots of princess gowns, glitter and tiaras, as a fun way to raise money for a new playground at St. Ursula’s School in Chatham. Thanks to generous donations of services from local businesses and volunteer hours from staff and their families, the second annual event was a roaring success.

According to St. Ursula principal Kelly Van Boxtel, Grade 3 teacher Tricia Vandenenden dreamed up the event as a fun way to raise money and bring a bit of Disney magic to kids locally.

Guests were treated to a sit-down lunch fit for a princess; several stations to make cookies, get hair, makeup and nails done; a photo booth; and photos with characters, including Chatham-Kent’s Brooklyn Roebuck.

Prettie As a Princess Birthday Parties, Crock a Doodle, and Mammarazzi Photography photo booth helped keep the crowd entertained as well.

“It’s a chance for kids to enjoy a special day with parents or grandparents, dress up and have fun,” Vandenenden said. “It brings a little of that magic from Florida and California here.”

Last year, the event raised $2,000, and with greater ticket sales this year and the addition of a VIP ticket, Van Boxtel said she anticipates this year will be even better.

Besides Once Upon a Snowball, the school also has other fundraising events in the works to raise the estimated $20,000 needed for the new playground.

 

To complete her princess for a day ensemble, Isabella Gernaey, 8, from George P. Vanier School, gets her nails done at the second annual Once Upon a Snowball fundraiser at Links of Kent on Saturday.
To complete her princess for a day ensemble, Isabella Gernaey, 8, from George P. Vanier School, gets her nails done at the second annual Once Upon a Snowball fundraiser at Links of Kent on Saturday.

 

 

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