FRONTENAC — The Frontenac Education Foundation raised a record amount from the live and silent auctions of $17,600 during Festa Italiana on Saturday.

Frontenac Education Foundation President and Festa Chair Ann Brown said the numbers from the auction were a record high in comparison to last year.

The totals raised from the food and wine tasting tickets were not available yet as the banks were closed for Columbus Day on Monday, Brown said.

Brown said the volunteers at the wine tasting booth said a lot more people visited the wine tasting booth than before.

Last year, Festa raised nearly $40,000 for senior scholarships, leaving this year’s festa only $22,400 away from reaching its goal.

Brown said there were close to 2,000 people at this year’s event — including volunteers and cooks.

She said there was a steady stream of people who came to the event throughout the evening.

“I thought it was great,” Brown said. “There were not that many when the gate opened — about 230 people were in line.

“But there was a steady flow of people throughout the night.”

Frontenac graduate, Leah Marie performed solos while people ate until the sun went down to a  golden glow, right before the auction.

Afterward was the cannoli eating contest, where Frontenac High School seniors along with Frank Layden Elementary School Teachers Dwayne Taylor and Tim Vesco were to eat as many cannoli as possible in two minutes. Taylor and Vesco won, both ate a total of eight cannoli in two minutes.

The Y Academy of Dance danced to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” by Whitney Houston in gold shiny dresses after the contest and the evening finished with live music played by The Tippers from Kansas City.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.