Thank You for supporting the WMS Online Gala and Auction!
Thank you to our incredible community of parents, faculty, staff, alumni, parents of alumni and friends! The WMS Online Auction and Gala was a great success because of you! Through the week of videos from our community, bidding online and watching the live stream closing event, we truly felt that were all able to grow together while staying apart at WMS. We are so grateful for your unwavering support our school and for raising your paddles to surpass our goal for financial aid!
ONLINE AUCTION OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE
- Tuesday, May 12
- Silent auction and teacher wish lists open at noon
- Wednesday, May 13
- Raise-the-Paddle for Financial Aid—gifts can be made online anytime from May 12-16.
- Thursday, May 14
- Class Art opens at noon
- Friday, May 15
- Live Auction opens at noon
- Saturday, May 16
- 8 p.m., YouTube Live Stream event and live auction closing as follows:
- 8:15 p.m., Group 1: LEARN closes
- 8:30 p.m., Group 2: GROW closes
- 8:45 p.m., Group 3: BECOME closes
- 9 p.m., Group 4: TOGETHER closes
- 9 p.m., Silent auction and class art closes
Everyone in the WMS community is invited and encouraged to participate in the online auction and gala! To set up your personal online auction account, look out for an email as we get closer, to get registered to bid on our auction site (and which will be linked here once ready). Once you set up an account, you will be able to bid!
Our goal to support WMS and financial aid will be accomplished through a combination of silent and live auction items, class art, teacher wish lists and Raise-the-Paddle. Despite the difficult circumstances, we still need to raise the support for our school and we believe in the strength of our community.
Each year, WMS chooses a priority need that cannot be readily met through the regular operating budget. Examples of past paddle raises include support for outdoor education and new playground structures, tuition assistance, creation of the Innovation & Design Lab and more. All of the support from previous families before us have helped to create the incredible opportunities that make our community and school what it is today.
With the world rapidly changing, along with the needs of our families, this year we will be directing our Raise-the-Paddle focus to support financial aid at WMS. During this challenging time, we are committed now more than ever to making a WMS education financially accessible for those in our community who may be adversely impacted. In addition to tuition assistance, the funds raised will also provide need-based financial aid for electives, athletics, learning support, childcare, trips and supplies. We invite you to raise your paddle high in united support during this time to help ensure all of our families remain a vital part of our community.
Throughout the online event, we’ll be sending a series of emails to event participants that share Raise-the-Paddle progress, and just like at a live event, donors will be recognized individually.
While WMS had an exciting lineup of class projects and volunteers this year, due to the timing of the health crisis, many classes were unable to start or complete their projects with the students. However, there were a handful of classes that created beautiful art pieces, and those will be up for auction. As always, we expect they will be popular items!
Countless WMS parents and friends volunteer their time and lend their expertise and creativity to make our Gala and Auction a successful event year after year. The 2020 Gala Committee includes: Gena Schirer, Julie Adams, Jenifer Alyazdi, Maria Arroyave, Traci Fischer, Darcy Hardy, Jamie Holland, Pooja Kohli, Lindy Liles, Cristina Podlusky and Nicolette Stocker. We are grateful for their dedication and effort!