The Parent-Teacher Association hosted the fundraiser at 999 Old Tomoka Road on Nov. 3.
Hundreds gathered at Tomoka Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 3, for a night of carnival-style games and food at the annual Fall Festival.
About 50 volunteers made up of PTA members, teachers, parents and local students put on the event to celebrate Tomoka Elementary's 50th anniversary.
Michelle Flis, PTA vice president of ways and means, said the money raised will fund technology advancements for classes and school events as well as Teacher Appreciation Week.
The silent auction was one of the biggest revenue generators at the festival. Teachers collaborated with their homeroom parents to create themed gift baskets filled with donations for the auction.
"It's all 100% profit because everything's donated," Flis said. "We sell the tickets for $1, and then they can put their ticket in whatever basket they want. Then, towards the end of the evening, we pick out the winner."
DJ Melissa entertained students under the pavilion while other students ran around to enjoy the rock wall, inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, dunk tank and more.
"The DJ is a huge hit," Flis said. "The kids love [DJ Melissa.] Her daughter went to school here, so she's been here forever."
Last year, almost 900 people attended the festival, and Flis expects the same turnout this year.
"This is a big community school; we're very much about that," she said. "So, there are a lot of people from the community here as well."