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Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: Hey, what is this "HillsFest"?

A: It’s the PTA’s biggest party and fundraiser for the year. It’s held Saturday, November 5th at En Fuego Cantina and Grill—with food, drink, music, and both silent and live auctions. If you’re so inclined, you might join others dancing, but you don’t have to.

Q: How do I buy tickets?

A: You can get your tickets by clicking the Purchase Tickets Now button on the Home page. Or, send cash or a check made out to Del Mar Hills PTA in an envelope to your child's teacher. Please indicate the name(s) of those attending. You can also get your tickets at the Halloween Hoedown!

Q: What are socials?

A: These are catered parties organized by other Hills parents, most held in Del Mar—like a wine tasting night, brewery tour, yoga brunch, cooking class, etc.—where you bid for a spot on the guest list. They’re a great way to meet, and have fun with, more families from school.

Q: Is it just for couples?

A: No! Plenty of parents come "stag" or with another parent or friend.

Q: Do I have to come in costume?

A: Nope. Wear what makes you comfortable at a nice party, "Fiesta Casual". But, if you’re feeling fun, this year’s theme is Fiesta Del Mar. You could come up with a super cool costume, but you don’t have to.

Q: What kind of stuff gets auctioned off?

A: In the live auction, it ranges from showstopper works of art (made by the kids), vacations, and there is usually a "Raise the Paddle" item for the school (the gaga pit was a previous year's Raise the Paddle item). The silent auction usually has a variety of things, including VIP experiences for kids or adults, and socials.

Q: How much will this cost?

A: Tickets are $65 per person until the Halloween Hoedown on October 28th. After that, they go up to $75, so get your tickets now! At the party, you can bid on auction items that run as little as $50—and some go for a lot more, especially in the live auction.

Q: Do I have to buy anything?

A: No—you can just watch the fun and enjoy the food, drink, and company.

Q: Isn't there a raffle?

A: There usually is! It didn't work out this year (we need to register for it too far ahead of time).

Q: What if I can’t come?

A: You can ask a friend to bid for you at HillsFest. Otherwise, you can make a donation online—or even buy a ticket for a teacher and be there in spirit!

Q: Where can I get more info?

A: You're on the right website! As we get closer to the event, more information will be posted here so you can get a preview of all of the great deals available for bidding. You can also see the great companies who have donated to support our school.

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