Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence extends a sincere thank you to the Highland community for a record-breaking, 13th Annual Great Gifts Dinner on November 4 at Weymouth Country Club. The theme for this year’s event was A Vintage Soirée...Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future. Guests enjoyed a 1920’s theme and each neighboring township was represented at 1920s-style stations. Guests were given passwords to “enter” into the different township stations to try to win a prize.
Now in its 17th year, and through the generosity of donors, sponsors and volunteers, The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence has provided more than $1.25 million in support to Highland Schools students and staff. Established in 2000, The Highland Foundation is an independent, non-profit community organization that supports enrichment programs for the Highland Local School District. The Foundation is a separate entity from the Highland Schools Board of Education.
The Highland Foundation focuses on six core areas of need: Literacy; Fine Arts; Community Enrichment; Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM); Special Education; Intercultural Studies.
Theresa Wright, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that this year’s event was unprecedented with attendance and donations. Additionally, the silent auction was a huge hit with guests, especially with the introduction of mobile bidding. Some of the silent auction baskets included artwork from Highland art teachers, graduation seats, as well as an amazing assortment of baskets donated by local businesses.
As in year’s past, a delicious dessert auction was held with bakery items donated by local bakers and community members. Proceeds from this auction will fund scholarships for graduating seniors at Highland High School.
Live auction items included a diamond, halo pendant necklace donated by J. Grande Jewelers; Andre Bocelli tickets donated by Louis Perry Group and Jim Calderone; Cleveland Cavalier’s loge tickets and Harlem Globetrotters donated by Bil-Jac Foods; and Orthodontics donated by Dr. Charles Pfister. Dr. Pfister was the premiere sponsor for the 2017 event. A sincere thank you is also extended to 2014 Highland alumni and auctioneer Chris Sulzener.
Added Attraction, along with high school students form Volunteer Opportunities for Teens (VOFT), entertained and helped guests check in and Funkology entertained the crowd throughout the night.
Next year’s annual event is set for November 10, 2018. Please save the date! To learn more about The Highland Foundation, please visit http://www.highlandfoundation.org.