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Admiral Auction Home Edition Raises Over $150K 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 wish list items at the end of the year. And like so many things this year, the 2021 auction was like no other in Severn's history. With a video showcase featuring an array of students, performances, and messages from faculty and staff, The Admiral Auction Home Edition was a reminder that as a community, we rise above any challenge and come out stronger for it. No matter how close or how far, Severn School is our home.

We Couldn't Do What We Do Without You

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who contributed to our efforts that resulted in over $150,000 in support of the APA’s programs for students, faculty, and families. From our generous sponsors and advertisers to our class basket coordinators, amazing host AJ Gersh ’15, and students and teachers who took time out of their day to connect us all with videos, music, and more, it was a tremendous collaborative effort. With friends and family joining us from across the country and around the world, we could feel the Admiral energy buzzing through the screen.

AJ Gersh '15 recording from Austin, Texas!

Please scroll through the videos below, featured in the following order:
  1. Full recording of the virtual showcase along with AJ Gersh '15's hilarious and heartwarming commentary (skip ahead 35 minutes to the start of the showcase!)
  2. Sponsors slideshow
  3. Countdown
  4. Welcome video
  5. Welcome from Head of School Doug Lagarde
  6. Welcome from Director of Development Shannon Howell
  7. Lower School promo video
  8. Upper School Jam Band, "Home"
  9. Live auction items showcase
  10. Middle School mission statement video
  11. Thank you from the APA Leadership Team
  12. Upper School Breakwater A Cappella, "Sunday Morning"
  13. Sponsor thank you from Shannon Howell
  14. Class basket preview
  15. Tribute to the Class of 2021
  16. Lower School art project video
  17. Message from our faculty
  18. Upper School Jam Band, "Don't Dream It's Over"

Where Does the Money Go?

Functions and activities that the APA supports in typical years:
  • New parent programs, class parent connections programs for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools
  • Lower School student activities including the fall festival, Enchanted Evening Dance, spring ice cream social and bingo night
  • Middle School student activities including Community 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
  • Teacher appreciation lunches and gifts on both campuses
  • And more!
It goes without saying that this year has been anything but typical. Many of the events listed above were not possible due to pandemic restrictions. But the APA worked even harder to create new ways to support and celebrate our students and teachers including:
  • Tents on Teel Campus for students to gather for lunch, outdoor classes, and break time during inclement weather
  • Outdoor sophomore festival
  • Outdoor senior pumpkin and pizza party
  • Outdoor senior breakfast
  • Snacks for junior movie day
  • Fall, holiday and Valentine's Day treats for Lower School students
  • Food truck lunches, conference day survival kits, and winter gear kits for teacher appreciation 
  • New parent programs including the Power of Positivity Zoom workshop and small outdoor events
  • And more!
After these events are funded, any additional dollar amounts generated by the auction are used to support teacher wish list items. This single event supports every grade in our school, together.

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Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146