Moroccan Moonlight Raises 100k for the Kids
The annual APA auction brings together parents, alumni, staff and friends for a special night of fun and fundraising — this single event funds all APA-sponsored extracurricular activities at Severn in addition to teacher wishlist items at the end of the year. While an early March wintry mix fell outside, our hardworking auction committee transformed the Edward St. John Athletic center into a fabulous Moroccan oasis filled with laughter, cheer, and a fantastic array of donated items (with plenty of bids to take them home!). Together, we raised over $100,000 for the kids.
With lush textiles, candles galore and tasteful Moroccan touches around every corner, the welcoming glow of the gymnasium invited guests to lounge, sip, nosh, chat and bid. Ten live auction items including a Ravens sports package with tickets and behind-the-scenes tours, a stunning vacation at one of 15 Playa Hotels and Resorts, a private chartered cruise for up to 80 guests, a day in the life of a NASCAR driver, and more were auctioned off by a spirited auctioneer who challenged the crowd to raise their paddles high!
In addition, more than 100 baskets of silent auction items provided plenty of opportunity and variety for attendees to bid on anything from overflowing class baskets to jewelry, custom photography and outdoor adventure packages. With the ease of BidPal managing the silent auction, bidders could track every move from their smartphones!
Scroll through these photos to get a taste of Moroccan Moonlight!
Where Does the Money Go?
Functions and activities that the APA supports:
Class parent socials for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
Teacher appreciation lunches and gifts on both campuses
Lower School student activities including the fall festival, Enchanted Evening Dance, spring ice cream social and bingo night
Middle School student activities including Get Acquainted Day lunch, dodgeball madness, the spring social and the 8th-grade promotion reception
Upper School student activities including Hoops Madness, Boardwalk Blast, freshmen/sophomore dodgeball, the after-prom party, and the senior graduation reception
General school support including the Holiday Greens Workshop, arts and music receptions, hospitality events and volunteer recognition events
- And more!
After these events are funded, any additional dollar amounts generated by the auction are used to support teacher wishlist items. This single event supports every grade in our school, together.
We Couldn’t Do It Without You
We want to give a huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers from both campuses who spent countless hours preparing for the event in every detail, as well as our generous sponsors, underwriters and local businesses who made it all possible. Also, a very special thank you to Kari Benoit, Lee Kennedy, Allie Wisnom, Lisette Stamato, Deb Smith, Eva Moore and Marnie Kagan for their tireless dedication to the success of this truly fabulous evening with a purpose.