Face painting, bean bag tossing and silent auctioning filled Lakewood Ranch Main Street for the seventh annual Nolan Night on Main Street on Saturday.
Parents, teachers and students from R. Dan Nolan Middle School helped run booths and sell tickets. The school's chamber orchestra and choir performed throughout the night along with local band, the "Chillbillies."
"It's nice to be able to help out," said Maria Freer, a Nolan teacher who helped sell tickets. "It's part of a teacher's life—it's what we do."
Rain sent attendees under shelter for a while, but the festivities soon resumed after the shower finished.
Tamara Cornwell, assistant vice principal, was one of the main organizers of the event. She said the school typically raises about $10,000 from the night, which the school will draw from in the next school year, but mostly the goal is to have fun.
"We teach the kids the business aspects—customer service," Cornwell said, speaking of the students who help to work at the fundraiser.