Oak Hall Episcopal School’s annual auction gave parents and staff even more reason to celebrate this year.
The school celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Ardmore Convention Center on Friday night during its annual fundraiser. Decorations in the convention center and even some of the auction items commemorated the occasion. Local musician Ethan Stedman, a former Oak Hall student, performed live music during the evening.
Jennifer Crosby, director of admissions at Oak Hall, said the event is crucial because the school is funded by a combination of grant writing, tuition and community funding.
“This is our largest event all year for the students,” Crosby said. “This is our largest fundraiser that helps subsidize our funding. We have a lot of our founders here tonight, 16 total, and some of our headmasters, too. We invited everyone back so they could celebrate with us.”
The silent auction consists of donated items from local businesses. Everything from a replica Darth Vader helmet and skincare products to weapons, wine and decorations were up for bid. Along with the live auction, parents pitched in to help either bake or buy desserts for a dessert auction.
Staff and volunteers work to put together the fundraiser every year. Originally, the event was a small dinner and auction held in the school building. This year, about 350 guests attended the anniversary auction. Usually the number is closer to 275.
“One of our founders walked in, and he said ‘oh my gosh, I remember when I first started here we were begging people for stuff, this is great’,” Crosby said. “So it has definitely come a long way in all of 40 years.”