Walsingham Academy's 45th Annual Auction and Dinner for the Children, held this past Saturday, February 20, goes down in history as the school's most successful fundraising event, raising $110,000 to subsidize the purchase of two new student activity buses this spring. "As the needs of our school continue to grow, we are constantly striving to expand our student offerings and strengthen the experience of our students," said Walsingham Academy President Sister Mary Jeanne Oesterle. "On average, every class takes two academic field trips each school year, and with an Academy wide increase in extracurricular club activities and community service opportunities, we've identified the need for two new activity school buses."
Held in February, the Annual Auction and Dinner for the Children is a signature event, open to the entire community and hosted by Walsingham Academy's Parent Board. Months in the planning, this year's event was chaired by Jane Swartzwelder with strong support from Parent Board President Megan Provoncha and Vice President Annette Vidlak. "Countless Parent Board volunteer hours coupled with an outpouring of generosity from the greater Williamsburg community were a recipe for success-this year's event boasted a full house and broke our event fundraising record by over $16,000," said Walsingham's Event Coordinator Courtny Moulton, who provides administrative support and oversight of the annual event.
The 45th Annual Auction and Dinner for the Children took place at the Williamsburg Hellenic Center where attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and seated dinner. As in year's past the event offered an exciting combination of a live auction, silent auction items, and a paddle raise opportunity to fund the need for the school's new activity buses.
"On behalf of Walsingham's students, we'd like to thank the Parent Board volunteers, event sponsors, attendees, and the greater community for supporting this annual event for the students and making it the Academy's most successful auction to date," said Oesterle. "We were able to order two new buses - a 21 passenger and 14 passenger - to support the growing needs of our students. The new buses will be on campus and in use by April."
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