The South Whidbey Schools Foundation raised more than $20,000 for grant funding at its 2017 gala last month.
Held at Comforts of Whidbey winery in Langley on Saturday, May 20, the sold-out event raised the money with silent and live auctions, through ticket sales and with a dessert dash; the cash that will fund teacher-requested classroom grants next school year.
“Wow,” said Chris Gibson, president of the foundation’s board in a recent news release. “What a night! What a team! What a community! I have never been prouder to be part of them all.”
“Special thanks go to our gala coordinators, Susie and Hope Richards, who provided a rich lineup of entertainment, fun and great auction items.”
A highlight of the evening was the foundation-funded Climate Arts Project presentation, “The Echo Chamber.” It was performed by three South Whidbey High School students, who received a standing ovation.
The performance was followed by remarks from three generations of the Davies family: Debra and Charlie Davies, who are teachers in the District; South Whidbey High school senior Joe Davies; and a tribute to family matriarch and retired South Whidbey School District teacher Jo Davies.
Jim Freeman led a lively and laughter-filled auction of donated items plus “shares” of educational areas in which bidders donated to areas they are most passionate about supporting, according to the release.
School district Superintendent Jo Moccia finished the evening with a 50/50 torn card matching game. Winner and foundation board member Shelly Ackerman donated the $1,000 prize back to the foundation.