On May 3, SCCS hosted “The Courage to Dream Big” 2019 fundraising gala at Blomgren Properties in Santa Clarita. Over 300 individuals from the SCCS community gathered to enjoy a fun evening including dinner, a live and silent auction, a dessert dash, entertainment by LeRoy Mack and the Gloryland Band and keynote speaker David A.R. White, founding partner of Pure Flix Entertainment. The evening was a record success raising over $79,000 (not to include the event expenses) for the school for facility improvements, tuition assistance, curriculum enhancements and faculty professional development.
“What a great night building community and dedicating ourselves to improving our beloved school. We have met our fundraising goal that I shared at Back-to-School night back in August,” shared Dr. Jones. “Our fundraising efforts, including The SCCS Fund in the fall of 2018 and the gala, will enable us to move forward with gym enhancements and the elevator lift over the summer! Thank you to our community of parents, teachers and friends who helped us meet this goal.”
Chief Auctioneer Mike Grigg from Elite Fundraising Auctions and emcee Casey May, SCCS dad, kept the evening exciting. Popular live auction items included SCCS Administrator for-a-day, a day of filming with the YouTube sensation Team Edge, vacation trips to Africa, Hawaii and Ireland, a backyard landscaping makeover donated by the Denison Family and SCCS VIP reserved parking spots.
“A special thanks to all of our generous donors who provided top notch auction items,” shared Lonna Gibson, Director of Marketing. “The live and silent auctions were a blast. Guests especially enjoyed bidding on the Walt Disney Studio Tour by Chris Sonnenburg, a week at Legacy Volleyball Club Summer Camp, horseback riding lessons, football coach-for-the-day, Universal Studios Hollywood tickets, Lakers tickets, golf at Valencia Country Club and Elkins Ranch, Clippers tickets, Queen at the Fourth of July Newhall Parade, tickets to The Late Late Show with James Corden, Magic Castle VIP passes, Dodgers tickets, Marvel baskets and Disney baskets.”
Sixty SCCS secondary students were involved in various ways throughout the event from parking cars, helping with the silent auction, serving dinner and drinks, attending to guests’ tables, handing out receipts to guests and cleaning up afterwards.
“Mrs. Clapper helped organize all of the student volunteers and they did a spectacular job serving,” continued Mrs. Gibson. “One of the core values at SCCS is servant leadership so this was a great opportunity for them to serve their school.”
Guests were dazzled by the artistry of the appetizer spread of meats, cheeses, crackers, fruits and vegetables which were prepared by Culinary Arts teacher Mrs. Plew and her students. Also, the Dessert Dash, where each table combined bids to claim a delicious dessert, was a huge hit. Organized by SCCS parent Kristi Voiles, the dessert dash raised over $6,000 with the 30 donated desserts provided.
“Our SCCS community especially embraced the ‘Fund a Need’ portion of the evening which raised nearly $8,000,” continued Mrs. Gibson. “Guests connected with the video presentation of how their donations would be used to help the school and participants gave gifts between $50 to $1000 by raising their bid paddles.”
Keynote speaker David A.R. White added to the excitement of the evening as he shared his story and interacted with guests.
“I’ve always had the heart and passion for the faith-based film industry. I wanted to further that genre and actually make it a genre, and I feel like we’ve done that over the years,” shared Mr. White. “I think Christian schools are so important in today’s society with the way our culture seems to be shifting. As Christians, it’s important to hold onto our biblical viewpoint.”
Many volunteers, staff members and families made this event successful. From table captains who sold 31 tables’ worth of tickets to volunteers like Amy Hernandez who packaged silent auction items to Sarah Daly, and the Miller family who were in charge of décor, volunteers helped make this event a win for SCCS.
“We cannot say thank you enough for the countless efforts of our SCCS community of volunteers and staff members who devoted their talents and time to make this gala what it was,” shared Mrs. Gibson. “Our community showed that they understand how vital this celebration of generosity is and how giving to improve our school can be enjoyable and special.”