To celebrate the tremendously successful, exceptionally fun, absolutely magical evening of our community coming together to support the 2016 Spirit Auction we are bringing you a special edition of the Insider newsletter! Tomorrow, our regular communication piece will return with your weekly notes and information.
For months, members of the Westside School staff – led by Annual Giving Manager Shoshannah Hoffman – Spirit Auction co-chairs Andrea Ross, Jennifer O’Neal and Paula Wilkinson, and Westside School parent volunteers have been dedicated to creating a night with one thing in mind…Westside School students.
From the lighting design by Live Oak Audio to the friendly valet services of Red Carpet Valet Parking, the Etsy-like talents of our Dessert Dash co-chairs Debi Cushman-Kaplan and Jen Howe to world-renowned Auctioneer Fred Northup – talent and generosity filled the campus.
Our community celebrated our Spirit Auction for the very first time in our new, permanent home. The building was filled with the joyful laughter of our parents, staff, faculty, members of the Board of Trustees, and friends of Westside School. Together, the community has raised over $400,000! Thus far, more than $104,000 was raised for Tuition Assistance and more than $66,000 for Fund A Wish. Thank you so much to the Vitalogy Foundation for matching $1,000 donations to Tuition Assistance.
But we’re not done yet!
Through tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22 at 10:30 p.m. PST, you can still participate and support Westside School by Bidding for Good! Click here to take part in the Westside School Online Auction.
In addition, there are still Buy-in Parties to sign up for and you can make the amount raised for Tuition Assistance or Fund A Wish even higher, by donating here.
The gratitude we have for every sponsor, volunteer, donation, helping hand, great idea, and tireless effort cannot be fully expressed. We are exceptionally appreciative of our Spirit Auction Friend Level Sponsors, STS Construction and Mara Haveson Real Estate.
We also thank the following sponsors for their gift of support:
Thank you to the following people, groups, and companies who made this event possible:
To Shoshannah Hoffman, for your vision, grace, thoughtfulness, tireless efforts and calm demeanor thoughout!
To Fred Northup, for sharing your gift with us and for your leadership throughout the design of this event
To David Koch, for your humor and kindness, your preparation and poise
To Andrea Ross, Jennifer O’Neal, and Paula Wilkinson, for your tireless dedication to the task of serving as Spirit Auction co-chairs. Every email, meeting, idea, edit, and creative contribution made this night possible.
To all the Room Parents and Middle School Reps, for putting together the most amazing live items the Spirit Auction has seen yet!
To Debi Cushman-Kaplan and Jennifer Howe, the two of you are sweeter than pie and creative beyond words!
To Angel Colmenares, for shining a light on something so important with your great talent and tremendous love for Westside School. We raised a record amount for Tuition Assistance with great support from your work.
To John Woodruff, for capturing so many joyful moments with such graceful talent
Janelle Russell and Lori Freer, for making everything look beautiful
To Dennis King, Angela Jimerson and Thai Truong for everything you do to keep our school shiny and bright, and for your tremendous efforts these past few weeks to prepare for such a big event!
Spirit Auction Volunteers…
All of you made this night possible, with your passion and positive spirit:
Megan Simmons, Celesta Bjornson, Christine Leahy, Amy Eby, Monique Dawson, David O’Neal, Garreth Schuh, Maria Phillips, Reid Raykovich, Anthony Lombardi, Deborah Read, Sarah Welch, Danielle DeLappe, Megan Bono, Corrine James, Jennifer Devenyns, Lauren Campbell, Glyn Jenkins, Siouxie Jeter-Koch, Jaeney Hoene, Aimee Kinney, Patrice De La Ossa, Cindy Van Gaver, Wendy Eckert, Steve Eckert, Jennifer Bartell, Tracy Clarkson, Yvonne Frankovich, Hahn Troung, Esther Cohen, Kristin Mariani, and many, many more!
Thank you to each and every Spirit Auction Donor!
When talking about spirit James Redfield says it best, “We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen.” Thank you everyone for making our 2016 Spirit Auction a successful, special, community-filled evening.
With gratitude, Westside School