More than 600 parents and other community members packed the boys' gymnasium at Corona del Mar High School on Monday night, checkbooks in hand, to kick off a fund-raising drive to pay for improvements to the school, including a 500-seat theater and a technology center.
By the end of the night, the Corona del Mar High School Foundation had more than $480,000 in pledges, putting it nearly halfway toward its goal of raising $1 million by the end of summer.
Kimberly Rothwell, spokeswoman for the foundation, said she was very pleased that the first day of the campaign was so successful.
"This is something we need to do because there is just not enough money for schools," Rothwell said. "It shows we are in an era now where the community and the school are coming together to work to make something good happen."