Ensign Middle School will hold a fundraiser Sunday in hopes of raising money to offset Newport-Mesa Unified School District cuts, which led to a reduction in the counseling staff.
The goal is to raise about $110,000, significiantly more than the school's usual annual effort.
Allison Olmstead, who's marketing the event for the school, said the dinner and silent auction will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall on the Balboa Peninsula at 215 E. 15 St., Newport Beach.
Tickets to the "Mix and Mingle by the Sea" are $35 and include an "island-inspired" buffet.
"Middle school is such a quick two years," said Principal Steve McLaughlin. "And we are excited for this new event as a way to bring together our families from our five feeder elementary schools."