It’s officially over! The HARVEST MOON GALA was such a success because of all of you that took part in any way. Whether you attended, donated, bid or helped with the auction . . . THANK YOU! Also congratulations to Tom Evans, the winner of the Grand Raffle.
A very special thank you goes out to Paty Alpers for the tremendous job she did heading the auction committee. She not only helped solicit a plethora of exciting items for your bidding pleasure, she worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a successful one. Not a quick endeavor, she began working on this right before school was out for the summer! Since her children (Sophia, 9 and Lucas, 5) have been here, she has been a very active member of the committee. It goes without saying that she will be missed as Lucas moves to first grade. This year her husband Greg (aka “Mr. Alpers”) agreed to conduct the bidding of the LIVE auction items. And I must say that he did an exemplary job!
Next, thanks goes out to Tori Viana who used her magic fingers on all of the graphics associated with the event and helped with photography. She also orchestrated the Lurie Toy Drive that we feel so good about.
Many thanks to our sponsors for their overwhelming generosity: Lang Exterior, Inc.; Energy Savers Vinyl Windows; the Memon Family and Jack & Pat’s Butcher Shop. Thanks to Deanna Memon and Mimi Hammad for providing the delicious dessert table and to Katie Williams for making our tables look so elegant. (She does have a way with pumpkins.) Thanks to Darb and Fran Lang for orchestrating the transportation of everything to Bourbon Street. What normally requires many cars was easily done with one truck and two strong men! And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to Ms. Sharon and Ms. Joyce for doing EVERYTHING else to make sure the event went perfectly! Certainly no small task.
The $21,000 which was raised from the auction and the additional $1,300+ earned from the lottery, split the pot and liquor basket raffles will certainly enhance our environment. The money derived from the event goes right back into the school. We are looking at the possibility of adding a deck to enhance the outside learning area. Who wouldn’t like to paint a picture or read a book in our lush backyard? We are also planning to replace the hot water tank whose capacity is just too small to supply the amount of hot water needed during the school day.
Your generosity and unselfish participation is always appreciated. From the children you have so thoughtfully supported here at SWSM, thank you! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends.