Silent Auction, Basketball Game, Drum Choir, Cheerleaders and More!

HOOPLA is Parkwood Upjohn’s big PTO fundraiser for the year. No door to door sales, no wrapping paper or cookie dough-just one night of super fun! Parents play teachers in a game of basketball — which team will reign supreme? The Parkwood Upjohn Drum Choir and cheerleading squad provide excellent halftime entertainment.

Donating items for auction helps raise funds to support our school. We are looking for one of a kind items. If you a crafter or baker please send us your wares! If you have a business or have skills to provide a service as an auction item, let us know! As you are out and about in town ask businesses you shop at for a donation. Your creativity will make HOOPLA a success!

We are looking for a couple of volunteers to take over the auction committee. Please contact a PTO board member for more information!


2018 Basket Themes

Peep – Playtime, Funtime!

Gardner- Every Day is Earth Day
Williams-Whitson-Baker’s Delight
Peterson – Snow Day Survival Kit
Benson/Veeder- Pizza! Pizza!

First grade
Jordan- Grill It
Kimbrough – Gift Cards Galore!
Konett– Mexican Fiesta!
Mazzone- Crafternoon

Second Grade
Erway- Everything Disney
Guillen – That’s a Wrap
Riekena- LEGO My LEGO

Third grade
James– Slow Cooking Delight
Buchholz- Welcome to the Garden
Hoekstra- Pure Michigan

Fourth Grade
Elzinga- Coffee Time
Henley – College Game Day-Tailgating Time
Osborn- Super Heroes
Strand – Game Night

Fifth Grade
VanKirk- Everything Michigan
Schultheiss- A Night in Italy
Fields- Movies and Munchies

HOOPLA 2017!  November 3 at Loy Norrix High School
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Game starts at 7:00 p.m.

Items Due By October 31!
Hoopla Auction Donation Form 

Volunteer Signup

Class Basket Themes – Items due by October 31

Peep – Playtime, Funtime!
Gardner- Gift Cards Galore
Williams – Color Wonder (Art Basket)
Peterson – Cookie Creations
Benson/Veeder- Pizza! Pizza!

First grade
Jordan- Grill It
Kimbrough – Healthier You
Konett– Spa/Treat Yourself!
Mazzone- Wrap it up!
Second Grade
Erway- Snow Day
Guillen – Mexican Fiesta
Riekena- Sports Fans of Michigan
Third grade
Dragt – Pamper Your Pets
Buchholz- LEGO My LEGO
Hoekstra- Pure Michigan
Fourth Grade
Elzinga- Coffee Time
Henley – Tailgating
Osborn- Super Heroes
Fifth Grade
VanKirk- International Food
Schultheiss- A Taste of Italy
Strand – Game Night
Fields- Movie Night


hoopla-graphicThe 2016 Hoopla was a big hit!  Thank you to the volunteers, Parkwood Upjohn staff, and Loy Norrix staff for helping to make Hoopla rock the house!  

If you had a great time and have ideas to help us improve, let us know.  We’d love to hear your feedback on how to grow the event!

What is Hoopla?

It is the BIG fundraiser for the PTO to raise money for items such as special assemblies, books for the library, field trips, classroom resources, teacher grants, Family Fun Nights, and playground maintenance.

What can you do to help?
Contact businesses for donations or sponsoring T-Shirts
Make products to be part of auction
Coordinate Auction Donations!
Volunteer to help set up and tear down on day of event CLICK HERE FOR SIGN UP!
Help with teacher baskets
Support the event!

Contact a PTO Member to help out!

Thank You for Making Hoopla 2015 a Success!

Robin 2015

A great big THANK YOU to the following businesses for being a
HOOPLA t-shirt sponsor! We really appreciate it! 
Big Burrito
Kalamazoo Valley Appraisals
Southside Dojo
Westnedge Hill Community Church – Kalamazoo
Experienced Plumbing
Child and Family Psychological Services, PC
About You Builders
Dan Wood Company

 Hoopla 2014!

Hoopla GraphicWow! What a fun night! The PTO wants to thank all the volunteers who helped in the many areas. Without help, we could never pull off such an event! Thanks to those who donated items! It was great seeing kids look over class baskets and being excited about their class involvement in Hoopla. Our cheer team and drum choir rocked the house as always! Thanks, teachers, for showcasing your hoop talents! What great face painting! And thanks to our caricature and temporary tattoo artists for their donated talent!

Auction AreaMrs. Greymountain

Thank you to the following businesses for their donations!

A Touch of Health
Air Zoo
Alamo Drafthouse
Alfred E. Bike
Arcadia Brewing
Beer & Skittles
Bella Patina
Big Banana Car
Biggby Coffee
Bilbo’s Pizza
Binder Park Zoo
Black Owl Café
Celebration Cinema
Chuck E. Cheese
Civic Theatre
Drue Salon
East Egg
Edible Arrangements
Family Center for the Arts
Family Center for the Arts
Family Center for the Arts
Farmers Alley Theatre
Fontana Arts
Gazelle Sports
Girls on the Run
Green Kid Crafts Shadow Puppets
Gull Lake Country Club
Intentional Yoga
J. Fry Glass
Jersey Giant
Jungle Joe’s
Kalamazoo Area Runners
Kalamazoo College Bookstore
Kalamazoo County Parks
Kalamazoo County Parks
Kalamazoo Growlers
Kalamazoo Massage Center’s Nicole Beauchamp
Kalamazoo Municipal Golf Assocation
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr.Rice
KB Productions
Latitude 42
Little Chick
Logan’s Roadhouse
London Grill
Maria Koelling Pottery
Mary Kay Consultant Angela Gilbert
Millenium Restaurant Group
Miller Auditorium
Mon Petit Sweets
Norwex consultant Jenn Jacques
Oakwood Bistro
Old Country Buffet
Organic Valley
Park St. Chiropractic
Petunia Fitzgerald
Pura Vida Salon
Red Robin
Roma’s Pizza
Rutger’s Wooden Spoon & Utensils
Rx Optical
Sarah Meyer Horse Sports
Second Childhood
Sky Zone
Southside Dojo
Stella & Dot consultant Jenn Olson
Stulberg International String Competition
Tastefully Simple
The Boatyard
The Gilmore Piano Masters
The Pace of Nature Photography
The Station
The Station
The Station
Thirty-one consultant Jill Hamilton
Trigo Corporation
V & V Quality Meats, Inc
Walt Disney World
Water St. Coffee Joint
Wellspring Dance
Wightman & Associates
Wightman & Associates
Wightman & Associatess
WMU – University Theatre
WWMT’s Andy Dominiani
WWMT’s Jeff Porter
YMCA Maple St.
YMCA Maple Street

Join us Friday, November 7 for Parkwood-Upjohn’s biggest fundraiser of the year!

This year’s Hoopla is sure to be fun for the whole family!  Come bid on auction items!  Attend the fun basketball game between the Parkwood staff and the Maple Street and Milwood Middle staffs.  Have your face painted!  Enjoy dinner as part of the 5th grade fundraiser for Sherman Lake!

Information on Hoopla is now available online!  Download a copy of the Hoopla Donation Form.

WHERE:  Milwood Middle School – 2916 Konkle Street, Kalamazoo

6:00 pm Doors and auction open!

(auction will close 15 minutes after basketball game ends)

6:45 pm Game Starts in Gym

$1.00 per person with Fast Pass (forms will be sent home with your child)

$2.00 per person at Door

WHO:  Fun for the whole family!

WHY:   100% of the proceeds benefit your child and PTO programming at Parkwood-Upjohn


  • Purchase a HOOPLA t-shirt and wear it to the game
  • Donate an auction item
  • Have dinner with us at the concession stand (benefits 5th Grade Camp)
  • Grab some fun items at the Spirit Shop
  • Bring friends, relatives and neighbors to HOOPLA
  • Visit the auction and place a bid
  • Help us advertise – use your Facebook page and spread the word
  • Contact a business and ask for a donation using the form included

Hoopla Donation Form

Hoopla Baskets

October 28, 2014 Update:

Hello Parkwood Parents! We are a few volunteers short for the Hoopla. This is an awesome event for families. I am still looking for people who are willing to help out in the following areas:

Auction Set-up: Friday, November 7th from 2:30-5:30 PM @ Milwood Middle School. Childcare is available. (5 positions)

Aisle Walker/Runner For The Cashier: Friday, November 7th from 7-9 PM @ Milwood Middle School. Answer any questions the bidders have, monitor bidding, circle final bids at the end of auction, work one-on-one with a cashier to make sure the correct items go to the bidder after payment. (2 positions)

Face Painting: Friday, November 7th from 5:45 – 7:00 PM or 7:00 – 8:15 @ Milwood Middle School. (1 position for each time slot; 2 positions total)

If you can help with any of these positions, please send me a private message or email at dawnpaulsenwright@gmail.com. Thank you!

Here is the time line for Hoopla on Friday, November 7:

6:00 Doors open and auction opens
Face Painting, Caricatures, Temporary Tattoos, Spirit Shop, Concessions

6:45 Basketball Game Starts in Gym
Auction will end 15 minutes after basketball game ends

Remember that Fast Pass Forms are due Monday, November 3. $1.00 in advance and $2.00 at the door

Be sure to bring your child’s classroom Hoopla basket items in this week. ALL AUCTION ITEMS DUE NOVEMBER 3. Questions about auction can be directed to Susan Pritchard.

We still need a few volunteers to help with setup at Milwood Middle between 2:30 and 5:30. If you can give some time, contact Dawn Wright.

October 7, 2014 Update:

We are 31 days from Hoopla!  Over the next month, you will be hearing more and more about this great fundraising night for Parkwood-Upjohn.  We need your help, however, to make sure the night is a success!  Here’s what we need:

Volunteers!  If you filled out a Volunteer form in the past month, GREAT!  You’ll be hearing from a captain of that area to get details on what you need to know, when to show up at Milwood Middle School on November 7 and other important information.  Haven’t signed up?  We have room for your time!  Let us know!

Auction Items!  It takes a TON of auction items to bring in revenue for the event!  What items can you donate?  Gift certificates (restaurants, spas, home improvement), memberships to area attractions (Nature Center, YMCA), items (past items have included coffee makers, grills, and bikes), handmade items (canned veggies, handmade scarves, paintings) and other items.  Be creative!  Ask businesses you frequent if they will donate to the school’s only fundraiser of the year.

T-Shirts!  T-shirt orders are due Friday, October 10.  We are looking for business sponsors as well!  For $200, your business logo will be on the back of the fashionable Hoopla wear for years to come!  Plus we make a big deal about our business sponsors at the event and afterwards as well.  Money and logos are due by October 10.

Basketball!  Everyone loves a little competition!  We have it that night between the teachers of Parkwood and the staffs of Milwood, Maple, and others!  Special guests will be there hooping it up!  Our own Parkwood cheer team is practicing to entertain everyone.  Come support this great fun!

Got questions?  Want to get involved?  Have an idea about the night?  Share it with us! Email us or get in touch with a PTO Staff Member.

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