SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In what has become an annual tradition, Springfield parents converged on Jonathan Dayton High School yesterday evening for the annual basket auction.

As Springfield residents chowed down on food they brought from home, they also entered into a variety of contests, including regular and major prize drawings, and a 50/50 raffle. The funds were collected by the Jonathan Dayton PTSO, for use in their fundraising efforts.

As PTSO secretary Antoinette Miller explained, the money raised throughout the year by the organization helps to fund a variety of events and projects. Additionally, the basket auction is the only in-person fundraising event on the calendar year for the group.

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As Miller noted, bringing in a good amount of money in such a limited time span is key.

"It's really important," Miller said. "Because the money we raise helps to sponsor school events, as well as purchase things for the school that [are] needed...with the PTSO money we bought quite a few things for the school, and the students benefit from it. There's been air conditioners, we ordered skeletons for the science department, so it's been really great.

Attendees had the chance to bid on more than 150 regular baskets, as well as a dozen or so major prizes on a different table. At the end of the night, winning tickets were called, and the prizes were distributed.

One of those winners was Kelly Stoffers. She spoke with TAPinto about her time at the basket auction, and said that it is always an enjoyable experience for her, and one that helps others out as well.

"As a Jonathan Dayton alumni, I feel it's very beneficial for the PTSO and the students to have the basket auction be a successful event," Stoffers said.

At the end of the night, the final tally was counted. Before expenses, the PTSO took home $15,291 in fundraising.