St. Monica Elementary School in Santa Monica will transform its auditorium into a Spanish Hacienda for its Fourth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Saturday, November 1st. The event will be held at the school, 1039 Seventh St., Santa Monica.

This year’s event has a Spanish theme because the funds raised will finance a new Spanish language program for all grades.

Spanish, Chilean and Argentinean wines will be served, and tapas will be provided by restaurateur and elementary school parent Raphael Lunetta and St. Monica parishioner Joe Miller of Joe’s Restaurant.

The Wine Tasting and Silent Auction is St. Monica Elementary School’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The event was the brainchild of parent Katrina Bischoff after she went to the school supply office to get paperclips and principal Joan Morris explained that the school was out of them, as well as many other supplies.

As a result, Bischoff organized the first Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, which raised $40,000 for the school.

The event has continued to prosper through support of the school community and local businesses, organizers said.

The funds raised over the previous three years have exceeded $140,000 and have been used to subsidize tuition, update school computers, purchase Smart Boards and software for each classroom, purchase new textbooks and supply laptop computers for each student in the upper grades.

Having moved the event from its usual spring slot, current committee chairperson Julie Sorotsky said she believes the event will be even more popular and profitable because of the selection of auction items, including weekend getaways, fine art, jewelry, electronics, sports tickets and memorabilia, toys, beauty items/services and seasonal items.

Sorotsky said all proceeds from the auction go directly to supplement “education extras” at St. Monica Elementary School.

All are welcome and tickets can be purchased for $60 at the door. Information,