TAMPA – The Academy of the Holy Names’ annual fundraising gala, Black and White By the Bay, raised a record $350,000 for the school.
About 500 parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends donned their finest black-and-white attire to enjoy an evening featuring a silent and live auction, a sold-out Wine Wall, and entertainment from Southtown Fever at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on March 1.
The generosity of Academy patrons was evident before the evening’s event began, with Harvey and Cherie Schonbrun, as well as an anonymous donor, signing on as presenting sponsors.
During the live auction, nearly $31,000 was raised on Fund-an-Item, benefiting a new Innovation Lab to be built at the school this summer. The lab will be a showcase for what 21st century education looks like in practice, demonstrating how new teaching and learning methods benefit from spaces specifically designed to fit a new model of education.
For the second year, Academy parents Amy Reams and Lori Tappan chaired the event. Highlights of the evening included the Gas for a Year raffle, generously donated by the Capitano Family and Radiant Food Stores, and the heated bidding during the live auction for the one-week stay at the Grand Lodge, Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.