Committee launches plans for major fundraiser

LA JOLLA — The Bishop’s School 2011 Auction Committee has released the theme of its annual auction scheduled for April 16, 2011. The evening will be an opportunity to offer support and “Say You Will,” according to auction Co-chairwoman Patricia Brutten.
Held on the school’s campus, the annual auction supports the school’s Financial Aid and Faculty Professional Growth programs. The 2011 event will feature world-class entertainment and serve as a testament to the committee’s goal of making The Bishop’s School auction a “party with a purpose.”
“Say You Will is an invitation to join the mission of the school’s annual auction, which is to preserve the fullness of a Bishop’s education,” said Maureen Gibbons, 2011 auction committee co-chair. “The financial aid program is the soul of the school’s ability to offer enrichment, diversity and growth for all students, and the faculty professional growth program is an opportunity for teachers to study and travel, returning to the classroom revitalized.”
Each year, the school’s auction raises approximately $1 million in direct support of the financial aid and faculty professional growth programs. Twenty-one percent of the current student body is receiving close to $3 million through the need-based financial aid program. In the last school year, 53 faculty members benefited from the school’s Faculty Professional Growth program by participating in 63 enrichment experiences, from a coach attending a strength and conditioning conference in order to bring cutting edge techniques to athletes to an Advanced Placement science teacher attending the Summer Sustainable Systems Institute in order to build a environmental/sustainability studies program for students.
“We are asking the community to say you will attend the auction, say you will participate through underwriting or auction item donations, “ said Co-chairwoman Donna Walker. “Say you will support our mission by contributing to the financial aid and faculty professional growth programs.”
The auction committee is currently launching its underwriting campaign and seeking auction item donations. Several opportunities are available and donors are given excellent exposure to the Bishop’s community through participation.
“Creating great schools is, actually, an act of will,” said Head of School Aimeclaire Roche. “They don’t happen by accident, but through the meticulous work of faculty, the endless zeal of students, and the abiding, and explicit, dedication of families who recognize that a quality education, itself, is a truly lasting gift to their children. Saying you will not only attend, but support, the two critical missions of the auction, raising funds for financial aid and faculty professional growth, allows Bishop’s to remain — willfully — the greatest school possible and the greatest gift we can give our children and our community at large.”
For more information on the auction, visit www.bishops.com, become a fan on the new Bishop’s School Auction Facebook fan page, e-mail auction@bishops.com or call (858) 459-6161.

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