The WES Auction Gala, a tradition since 1988, is the biggest social event of the year for adults. The community comes together to celebrate on an evening in early spring. During a typical year, the evening features hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a special video, a seated dinner, and dancing for guests to enjoy. Auction co-chairs lead the effort with support by a talented and creative volunteer committee. Funds raised go toward the operating budget, including financial aid, and the Raise Your Paddle appeal supports a special project that benefits our students based on the needs of the school. Other past projects have included equipping a new STEM and Innovation Lab and upgrading science classroom furnishings and equipment, playground and sport court upgrades, performing arts enhancements, procuring new technology, a school bus, Orff instruments, and band storage units.
Plans for the Auction Gala 2021 are underway. Thank you to our Co-Chairs–Natalya Bah, Theresa Carnegie, and Tulika Narayan—whose friendship formed over their passion for travel and love for WES–for leading our team of volunteers. The Auction Gala is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021, in a virtual format so that we can safely come together to celebrate our community and school. Attendees will enjoy many of the familiar elements such as the Silent Auction, a Live Auction with a professional auctioneer, Raise Your Paddle, videos, and more on this special evening for adults.
Congratulations to 2020 Auction Gala Co-Chairs Mehdi Elkassem and Samira Woodings and the Auction committee on an incredible and successful event on February 29, 2020! From the moment guests arrived, they were taken on a magic carpet ride to Casablanca, with a fortune teller giving glimpses into the future, delicious food and a specialty drink, wonderful Silent Auction baskets, trips, and experiences. Next came the seated dinner catered by Ridgewells, the drawing of the Best of Live winner, followed by entertainment by four belly dancers, the exciting Live Auction and Raise Your Paddle Appeal to raise funds for flexible new classroom furniture, our Auction video https://www.w-e-s.org/campus-life/video-gallery/, a surprise “Raise Your Glass” flash mob dance by Grade 1 parents, and dancing to “The Breakaways” until midnight! Oh what a night! The decor was colorful and amazing, and the months of preparation paid off in a big way! Thank you to our sponsors, Patrons, advertisers, donors, volunteers, and attendees. You made it all possible!! (Click on the photo to see photos from the event by Tung Tu Photography.)
Please contact the Development Office with any questions or to volunteer for our 2021 Auction Gala.