The Harvest Moon Gala is but a memory! To all families who attended, donated, solicited, baked, wrapped or in any other way helped . . . we thank you for our successful evening! It was the perfect way to help build community within the school and connect with other SWSM families.
The event would never have come to be without the vision and dedication that began early this summer of Paty Rojo Alpers. She worked diligently gathering donations from a plethora of venues so that when we returned to school in the fall, we were ready to begin moving forward with the event.
Tori Viana did the wonderful graphics for the invitations, and we used her computer expertise often. Katie Williams’ sparkling personality showed up in the table décor, I’m sure you’ll agree. Dynamite Grandmas Faye Voight and Janet Coronado, as well as (new-to-school mom) Tercia Bajner, picked up, shopped and did any other task we needed done. Deanna Memon was the Cupcake Lady, otherwise known as the sweet table organizer, yum.
Meanwhile in the office, Sharon and Joyce photographed items, logged them in, sent reminders out and made sure EVERYTHING was numbered and completed in a timely manner, as well as creating the evening’s slide show of the kids for your entertainment. Even the children had their hands in creating those one-of-a-kind items up for auction with the teachers’ creativity and help.
Two weeks before the auction, there was an additional flurry of activity as all items were organized and wrapped for display. Besides the afore mentioned moms, we were joined by Lori Baird, Marina Dalmares, Jazmin Hammad, Heather Kruszewski, Fran Lang, Alisa Mathews, Erin Nicorata, Kharen Schuller and Terri Siampos, who now can add basket wrapping to their resumes. When everything was ready, the Lang family graciously transported it all to Bourbon Street to await set-up. The DiNovo family has been so generous to host us once again at 115 Bourbon Street, and we were delighted to have Nancy and Doug Segal lead the live auctioning. Congratulations to alumni grandfather Curt Yelnick, the Grand Prize winner who generously donated $500, half of his winnings, right back to SWSM!
I hope that all who attended the event enjoyed themselves. It was a lot of work, but the children here certainly benefit from it. I join them in thanking you for helping make this such a successful event!
Enjoy your families and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
. . . Kathy