HARVARD — The answer: 200.
The question: How many people graced the precincts of the Parent-Teacher Organization’s (PTO) annual Fall Fete Nov. 11?
“I’m absolute thrilled,” said Alexandra Evans, the event’s chairman. “Two-hundred people showed of the 227 that bought tickets. That’s spectacular considering it was a long weekend, the number of ‘sleepaways’ the competition was fierce.”
The 88 percent turnout is exemplary, she said. So is the amount of money the PTO raised.
“We’re still doing the reconciliation,” she said. “But we raised at least $28,000, and we’re hoping to break $30,000 yet again.”
The PTO expects the Harvard’s schools to use the money primarily on technologically-innovative teaching tools such as smartboards, said Evans. These systems transfer information teachers write on the boards to students’ computers.
“People were in the spirit of the occasion,” Evans said. “We had one guest dressed as Batman. Another was carrying a writer’s picket sign which he carried with him the entire night. Most people came in evening clothes, including tuxedos and gowns, looking very dressy and glamorous. It was really fun to watch.”
The first surprise guest, Joan Rivers, with her usual shtick, greeted partygoers. Later, Liza Minelli entertained guests with a medley of her songs, including selections from her signature work, “Cabaret.”
Actually, Rivers and Minelli were characterizations that actor Joe Posa, a female impersonator, created.
“That guy has great legs,” said Evans.
As cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served, The Bromfield School junior Peter Duckett tickled the ivories for the crowd.
After dinner, the sounds of Booty Vortex filled the air for an hour until the cash raffle. The winning couple, the Blairs, donated the entire caboodle to the PTO.
Auctioneer Kerry Shrives sold all five donated items in the silent auction. They included Bruce Springsteen concert tickets that went to Stuart Sklar.
Sklar confessed that his objective in attending the fete was the procurement of those tickets, said Evans.
The other items auctioned were Thanksgiving day Patriots’ tickets, Red Sox memorabilia and the annual fire-truck ride to Kimball’s ice cream emporium in Westford.
Prior to the grand night, the PTO had sold 40 of 50 tickets to the Manicure and Mojito Party, which Liza Sullebarger hosted. That, in Evans’ telling, was a party just like it sounds, offering manicures, munchies and the potent potables appealing to a largely female crowd.
This year’s fete was three-and-a-half months in the making with a totally new team, said Evans.
She reserved extravagant praise for those that achieved the look and feel of Hollywood: the Decorating Committee.
“It was a major production,” she said. “Very elegant. I’m proud of our team, especially our Decorating Committee and its phenomenal work. Everybody did outstanding work. I can’t say enough in commending them.”