Last Friday's Spring Gala was Jake. It had a Roaring 20s theme to it and raised needed voot for the school. These speakeasy phrases from the 1920s only mean the event was a great success. More are scattered below.
For the past month or so, the teachers' break room at the elementary school had become the command center for planning for last Friday's Spring Gala. It was a full, active, and cheese'n space.
Last Friday, it showed. The hard work of so many Liberty volunteers paid off as our fifth-annual Spring Gala unfolded into our biggest, happiest, most lucrative soup job ever.
If you weren't able to attend the event, make sure you don't miss out next year. Not only was this year's Spring Gala the cat's pajamas, nearly every attendee went home with loot worth far more than the clams they left behind. All proceeds go to support the school.
It was especially nice to have in attendance key community and education leaders including Larimer County Clerk & Recorder Angela Meyers and her husband Gary, Fort Collins Mayor-elect Wade Troxell, and Colorado League of Charter Schools officials Dr. Terry Croy Lewis and Jacquie Carter. They all made donations (and so did Larimer County Treasure Irene Josey even though she couldn't attend), and deserve our appreciation for their support of our school.
As a parent-run, parent-owned school, these kinds of events are absolutely necessary for the ongoing growth and improvement of our academic enterprise. When the Colorado law passed creating charter schools, this is just what the Act's authors had in mind.
Liberty is exactly what a charter school should be, and having all parents pitching in to support better educational opportunities through events like our Gala is a hotsy-totsy demonstration of Liberty's character.
The list of volunteers is long, and it's important that everyone recognize these heroes and heroines for the yeoman's work they did to make this year's Gala the noteworthy milestone it turned out to be.
There are lots of people to thank for pulling of such a magnificent event. Topping the list are Queryldine Hoffinger and Jodi Fraser who served as event co-chairs. They really know their onions and poured a good portion of their lives into the effort. It really made a great difference, too.
Heading the event Steering Committee were: Clare DeFrance, Rebecca Hicklin, Shelley LaMastra, Maia Tomich, Kelly Notarfrancesco, Janelle Rohrbaugh, Kim Kent, Marnie Dame, Michelle Johanson, and Erica Martin.
Big thanks to everyone who worked on the Procurement Committee obtaining auction items: Marie Beck, Wes Cardenas, Margaret Ho, Jen Hopkins, Cheryl Lennell, Dola Sawyer, Sandra Simon, Marnie Dame, and Joann Steele.
Big thanks to everyone on the Dessert-Auction Committee: Joy Archer, Todd Arndorfer, Stafanie Chimeri, Heather Jackson, Shannon Pavek, Cheryl Smith,
Amanda Ticolli, and the chefs who made the incredible desserts that fetched equally incredible auction sums.
Big thanks to those leading the "Pink-Bag Projects:" Mollie Everitt, Tiffany Green, Heather Jackson, Keilie Kreikemeier, Charla Lacy, Celia Lavassar, Kathy Lovely, Luale Luude, Peggi Mullen, Shannon Pavek, Dola Sawyer, Stephanie Staples, Catalina Swanson, Valerie Trujillo, Joyce Waller, Susan Wolfe, and
Big thanks to volunteers who tackled specific event "projects." Data Entry:Libby Bartley. Event Photographers:Ken Sandberg, and Amy Feist. Graphic Design:
Rebecca Finkel. Paddle-Call Film:Kelly Notarfrancesco. Slide Show:Yolanda Sears. Liberty Administration: Casey Churchill, Tim Ricketts, Bob Schaffer, Torgun Lovey, Sandy Stoltzfus. Technical Support: Terra Drobny, Bill Kranz, Tom Stokovaz. Other projects: Mollie Everitt, Erin Grandprey, Bev Hanawalt, Rebecca Hicklin, Jen Hopkins, Beth Molenaar, Tracy Nichols, Richard Rencher, Tamara Rhoads, Jill Ronen, and Julie Russell.
Big thanks to the members of the Liberty Grandparents Club who stepped up on behalf of all Liberty grandparents.
Big thanks to the faculty for coming up with creative auction items, for attending and giving us parents a chance to hang out with them in a festive social setting, and for sharing the LCS teacher break room, accommodating Gala-related interruptions, and helping with special planning requests.
Big thanks to the many donors and corporate sponsors who front-loaded the event with funds and valuable items that made the fundraiser an impressive one. Please CLICK HERE to see names of these supporters and links to their websites. Please patronize these generous pro-Liberty businesses whenever possible.
It's highly probable there are a few important names that should be singled out and thanked yet are errantly unmentioned above. If so, I'm truly sorry as that oversight would be mine. Please mention any omissions to me for proper recognition in next-week's Monday Notes. At a school teaming with active and engaged parents, nearly everyone pitched in to make the Gala a success, and we're truly grateful for the entire, community-wide effort.
Most of all, the multitudes of people who showed up, wrote generous checks and made in-kind donations to the event deserve endless thanks, too.
On behalf of Liberty's Board of Directors, the school faculty and staff, and mostly our wonderful students, I extend my deepest and sincerest thanks and gratitude to everyone who made this year's Liberty Spring Gala the bee's knees.