On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Parents’ Group hosted their auction, Off to the Races. Farragut families, friends and faculty converged with their fabulous big hats and dapper bow ties for this year’s Kentucky Derby theme.
The evening included a portrait upon arrival, dinner, drinks, dance routines by professionals from Magic Dance Club, raffles, the silent and live auction, and contests for best hat, best bow tie, and most creative. Congratulations to winners: best hat – Wendy Covington, best bow tie – Jeff Morin, and most creative – a tie between Lanie Salebra and Jennifer Love.
Overall the event raised over $93,000, which included the successful paddle raises for the Lower and Upper School STEM enhancements that the Parents’ Group had hoped to provide. The STEM enhancements will include new software, hardware, and a 3D printer that will support many campus departments and will impact students starting in 2nd grade and up. We would also like to thank auctioneer and Farragut parent, Chris Stott, for dazzling the room with his British accent and wit to increase live auction participation and giving.
A very special thank you goes to Parents’ Group Event Chair and Treasurer July Bonilla and Event Co-Chair and President Denise Colangelo, who put in hundreds of hours preparing for the evening. Of course, none of it would have been possible without the Auction Committee Members and Volunteers, AFA Parents, Class Basket Organizers, Faculty and Staff Volunteers, Sponsors, and our Attendees to make this another successful year of fundraising for Farragut.
Thank you for your support of Admiral Farragut Academy and the Parents’ Group!
- Instillation of 6 new cooling and filtered water stations with fountains and bottle refilling
- Pool resurfacing and deck pavers
- New sidewalk and safety bollards around the Lower School car circle
Watch the video that was played at the auction: