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 to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a special video, a seated dinner, and dancing. 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. This year’s Raise Your Paddle Appeal funds will help outfit our classrooms with new flexible desks and chairs to support 21stcentury learning. Through the generosity of the Raise Your Paddle donors last year, a new STEM and Innovation lab is being constructed and will be completed in March 2020, and new science classroom equipment and furnishings are in place for this school year. Other past projects have included playground and sport court upgrades, performing arts enhancements, procuring new technology, a school bus, Orff instruments, and band storage units.
Congratulations to Auction 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 providing glimpses into the future, delicious food and a specialty drink, and 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, a surprise “Raise Your Glass” flash mob dance by Grade 1 parents, and dancing 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. You can view a full gallery of photos here.
Please contact the Development Office with any questions or to volunteer for our 2021 Auction Gala, or to make a contribution.