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.”