By Elizabeth Wilkes
Friends of North Springs (FONS) hosted a successful 50th Birthday Bash at Hudson Grille as this year’s featured fundraising gala, with nearly 200 guests in attendance, the largest turnout to date, on February 28. Over $28,000 in total proceeds will primarily help fund teacher grants and “Vision 20/20” campus enhancements for North Springs Charter High School.
“I think the 50th Birthday Bash was a great success,” said Susan Hardy, head coordinator. “The committee worked very hard and their efforts paid off. The decor was beautiful, the student entertainment was fabulous and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun socializing, eating and mingling with one another.
The event featured a multi-course dinner for all guests with both a live and silent auction and entertainment provided by students.
Guests were entertained by a jazz combo featuring North Springs’ own Josh Achrion on guitar and Langston Michael on saxophone, along with his younger brother Justice who played drums, as well as Ren Erling on the piano and Grace Palmer with vocals.
Student-created artwork and photography was featured in the silent auction, including those of senior Nicola Ludwig and juniors Hana Barhoumi, Jessica Walsh, Lilly Schreiner, and Yoni Weinberg, who also took photos at the event. (see photos).
Seniors Daniel Lauw and Rachel Goldman were also involved with the Bash with designing the event logo and creating a video montage, respectively.
The silent auction contained items aimed at students, such as premium locker locations and parking spots for next school year, a driving class from Taggerts, college counseling and SAT Prep courses, as well as plenty for the parents to enjoy.
Highlights include various trips and experiences, including a guided hunting trip for 2 at Dorchester Shooting Preserve, a $200 gift certificate to Jewelry Artisans, theatre and entertainment options from metro Atlanta venues, museum tickets, restaurants and other gift certificates, golf classes, and cooking classes.
North Springs alumnae Faith Salie arranged for Wait Wait….Don’t Tell Me VIP tickets included in the Chicago trip package. A Rhodes Scholar and regular contributor for both NPR and CBS Sunday Morning, Salie has a book coming out, Approval Junkie, in 2015.
Two items were also live-auctioned at the event, including “Principal for a Day” and an exclusive shooting experience with the Sandy Springs Chief of Police.
After the live auction, guests were asked to purchase teacher guides for a program called “Thinking Maps,” as Dr. Ruiz would like to have one for each teacher at the school. This appeal raised an additional nearly $2000.
Grants for teachers, administrators, and other school organizations will be awarded based on requests they will be submitting this semester.
FONS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2004 that currently serves as the primary fund raising organization for the school.