6th annual arts/crafts fundraiser for Coronado music programs Oct. 22-23
Including roughly 130 crafters/artisans in the school band room, commons and main gym, the Holiday Bazaar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Admission is free, as is the parking in the Coronado lot. The school is at 1590 W. Fillmore St.
The event founder/organizer is Brian Kohls, who also organizes events professionally. His daughter graduated from Coronado in 2013.
Contacted by phone at his current home in Tennessee, Kohls said the bazaar has raised close to $40,000 since its inception in 2011. That includes about $10,000 from last year's fair, making it the “largest fundraiser for the band and orchestra,” he said.
Also over the past six years, each spring, he has organized an arts/crafts show at Coronado to raise money for the football team.
For the events here, Kohls flies in from Tennessee a few days ahead of time to organize the set-up. He is not paid. Kohls said he's able to stay with friends, so his only real expenses are plane tickets and food.
“It's just something I want to do for the kids,” he elaborated. “But if it gets to the point where it's really costly for me, then that's another story.”
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