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Conway Parents and Teachers Laissez les bons temps rouler

Supporters of Conway Elementary School gathered at the Frontenac Hilton for a Mardi Gras-themed auction and dinner.

Parents, teachers and other supporters of students at took over the Ambassador Ballroom at the on Feb. 12 to raise money for the school.

The event included an auction, drinks, a dinner and dancing, all with a Mardi Gras theme. About 170 people were in attendance that night, and some took advantage of the theme by wearing purple, gold or green, donning some festive masks and stacking up the strands of beads around their necks.

Event co-chair Beth Wasserstrom, who is a parent of two Conway students, said they originally were going to go with a Valentine's Day theme, but opted for Mardi Gras because it sounded like a fun idea.

The night started with appetizers and cocktails, some of which were served in hurricane glasses that had "Let the Good Times Roll" etched on them.

The good times definitely started once people started rolling in, as attendees mingled with other parents and teachers, posed for pictures and placed their bids on a plethora of items available in the silent auction.

There were over 180 items available in the silent auction, including 30 baskets or gift sets that were put together by each class at Conway. They ranged from an Italian food-themed basket to a sporting goods package. Local businesses such as , , and  also donated items to the auction.

Throughout the event, parents were eager to share their praise for Conway.

"We moved to this district just for the school," said Wei-Wei Huang, who is the mother of a first-grader.

Huang added that when she and her husband were investigating schools in the area for their son, they took him to various private schools, which he didn't seem to enjoy, but when they got to Conway, he took an instant liking to the environment.

Be sure to check out the video for this story, in which other parents (and one grandparent) share their praise for Conway.

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