PFA Pumpkin Patch Success

The 2020 Pumpkin Patch was a success, netting nearly $19,500 for the school. As in year’s past, Central Market donated pumpkins. This year’s amount: 250, which was down a bit only because of the Pumpkin Patch committee's ability to make "pumpkin pie out of pumpkins" and create a safe event for the artists and those making pumpkin purchases.  The committee painted approximately 120 live pumpkins in such themes as Halloween, harvest, FWCD and collegiate for pre-sale and contactless delivery. Carving pumpkins, 95 FWCD painted burlap door hangers, assorted wood Halloween door hangers, and festive decorations were also sold. For the Faux Pumpkin Silent Auction, 22 artists crafted pumpkins to raise funds. 

The 2020 Pumpkin Patch was a success, netting nearly $19,500 for the school. As in year’s past, Central Market donated pumpkins. This year’s amount: 250, which was down a bit only because of the Pumpkin Patch committee's ability to make "pumpkin pie out of pumpkins" and create a safe event for the artists and those making pumpkin purchases.  The committee painted approximately 120 live pumpkins in such themes as Halloween, harvest, FWCD and collegiate for pre-sale and contactless delivery. Carving pumpkins, 95 FWCD painted burlap door hangers, assorted wood Halloween door hangers, and festive decorations were also sold. For the Faux Pumpkin Silent Auction, 22 artists crafted pumpkins to raise funds. 

“Pumpkin Patch is a special time when people from the FWCD community come together to show their support for the School and kids,” said Pumpkin Patch Chairs Julia Gadberry and Meggan Morrison.  “It's a place where new friendships can form, and many of the ‘veterans’ come back year after year, which we think speaks to how much we all love our school and this PFA event.

“Because we could not gather in groups this year to paint the pumpkins, we pre-sold a limited amount of our best-selling pumpkin designs, which volunteers painted on their own time,” Gadberry and Morrison said. “We also ‘headquartered’ out of Julia's home, which allowed us to offer contactless porch pickup.”

The creative live pumpkin-painting team included Melinda Bonnell, Kathryn Carter, Pam Packer, Tiffany Slataper, Jodi Outland, Christy Allen, Chrissy Oldham, Lauren Anderson, Kristal Takas, Amanda Malone, Ashley Fierer, Caroline Keyes Kelly ’93, Regan Haggerty, Amanda Schooler, Shannon Kelly Wallace ’97 and Jordan Beasley Davidson ’96.

The Pumpkin Patch Faux Silent Auction generated quite the buzz. Several FWCD families, friends and faculty members generously donated their time and resources to paint 22 pumpkins for the silent auction, as well as some non-pumpkin items. The amazing faux pumpkin artists included parents, faculty, staff, friends, and local Fort Worth artist, including Chelsy Beninate, Melinda Bonnell, Leigh Taylor Bornitz ’95, Margery Cossett, Lesley Francis, Kayla Franklin, Tricia Franks, Sheila Kavanaugh, Nancy Lamb, Shannon Lange, Alice Keller Linker ’95, Mandy Lofquist, Jodi Outland, Michael Outland, J.C. Pace ’96, Mayor Betsy Price, Jennifer Lipscomb Rios ’85, Ashley Roh, Alicia Schordine, John Holt Smith ’87 and Mary Stall. Several of these pumpkins sold for more than $500. The auction on its own raised nearly $7,000.

Mayor Price, also an FWCD Grandparent, added a new specialty pumpkin submission into the auction mix. This year: a Fort Worth-themed pumpkin. There were two high bidders -- Ben Tiblets and Angelique DeLuca -- who will shadow Mayor Price and be Mayor for a Day. “What a fun way to celebrate this year,” Gadberry and Morrison noted. “We really hope it will be an annual tradition for Pumpkin Patch.”

View some of the fabulous pumpkin creations in this slideshow.
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.