Thank you to all the people who attended the 2015 Dinner Gala and Auction and to all the sponsors and businesses who donated to the event.
Thanks to you, approximately $14,000 will be added to the amount to be used for teacher-requested classroom grants for the 2015/16 school year.
Additional thanks to Jim Freeman, our emcee for the evening, the SWHS Jazz Band combo, the SWHS Music in Motion Choir, the SWA Robotics Team, SWSD Superintendent Dr. Jo Moccia for leading the medallion game, and Betty Bond, the SWSF Board member who organized the event.
Special thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated goods and services for the auction and our two Gala sponsors, Whidbey Island Bank (a division of Heritage Bank) and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Additional thanks to Whidbey Telecom for promoting the Gala on WhidbeyTV and on the locally produced show, “Life’s Better Here,” and to the South Whidbey Record for covering the schools so well in general and providing its readers with advance notice of the Gala.
Thanks also to the students and teachers demonstrating Foundation-funded projects involving the SWA Underwater Robotics Team, the SWSD Farm and Garden (Cary Peterson), and outdoor expeditions at the Elementary School (SWES teacher Bruce Callahan).
Hats off to emcee and auctioneer Jim Freeman for an evening filled with his quick wit and charm. Superintendent Jo Moccia deserves a medal for conducting the “Medallion Game,” which involves eliminating medallion holders until the last one standing wins half the medallion sales. Special thanks to Shelly Ackerman, who won the game a second year in a row and promptly donated her entire $1,000 winnings back (a second time) to the Foundation!
Extra-mile gratitude to the principals at South Whidbey Academy (David Pfeiffer), South Whidbey Elementary (Jeff Cravy) and Langley Middle School (Eric Nerison) on the impact that Foundation-funded projects had on their schools and to SWHS English teacher Jennifer Gandarias who spoke about a Foundation-funded professional development program for teachers which she spearheaded. Long-distance thanks to Gavin Imes, a South Whidbey High School graduate and former Foundation board student representative, who told how Foundation-funded projects helped enrich his education and continue to influence his college activities at Gonzaga University.
Listen to what Gavin had to say about the Foundation and the effect it has had on his life.
Applause to the South Whidbey High School jazz combo and to the Music in Motion SWHS Choir (under the direction of Paula Ludtke) whose members provided entertainment.
Music in Motion Performers at the SWSF dinner: Cory Ackerman, Maddie Barker, McKenzie Chapman, Kelsey Coutts, Lauren Damerau, Emily Davies, Bayley Gochanour, Elizabeth Hanzelka, Chloe Huffman, Julia Lowe, Aria Ludtke, Ashley Lyons, Autumn Mackie-Timmerman, Rubie Maltbie, Leah Merrow, Sarah Merrow, Sarah Parker, Amandalyn Petticlerc, Kyra Reafs, Alexander Reitz, Marina Schulz, Taylor Tangeman, Emily Turpin, and Olivia Zuver
The South Whidbey Schools Foundation Board; Betty Bond, Chris Gibson, Jo Moccia, David Pfeiffer, Linda Racicot, Susie Richards, John Riley, Jean Shaw, Sophia Stoughton, Tom Walker and Bob & Kay Wiley