Despite some slushy snow and frigid weather, hundreds came out to Totally Tennyson on Saturday to munch on some street food, check out local shops and raise money for 18 northwest Denver public schools.
"Totally Tennyson is about taking small businesses and supporting schools and have your neighborhood come out all together on one night to celebrate what was the 80s but now we've expanded to 70s, 80s and 90s," local organizer Lauren Wolf said. "All the ticket proceeds go to 18 schools from Denver Public Schools that are all located within what we consider the northwest Denver boundary and that's elementary, middle school through high school. 100 percent of ticket sales go there."
From Gene Simmons to other classic movie and television characters, folks dressed up and raised a new record in the process.
"So this year we should break our record from last year -- it was $62,000 -- and I think we're going to exceed that any minute because people, even with the weather, they're still buying tickets," Wolf said. "We sold so many tickets this week regardless of the rain, snow and everybody just really loves this night and nothing's going to keep them away."
A group of teachers from a nearby school said they were grateful.
"At Trevista at Horace Mann, we have a 97 percent free and reduced lunch rate," one teacher said, "so all the money we do earn for Trevista really comes in handy and it's just a great cause to support."
This year was the event's sixth anniversary.