Auction raises $150,000 for academy
Director of Development Jeff Curtis has announced that approximately $150,000 was raised at this year’s auction, which was held May 3 on the Rowe Campus.
“We are so grateful that the community has again shown such support for the children of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula through their support of Chesapeake Academy. We are honored that the school is making such an impact on the Northern Neck community,” Curtis said.
Although the annual Chesapeake Academy auction primarily raises money to support academic and co-curricular programs for the students at the academy, it is not the only standard by which its success is measured. The generosity of the community, the support of many volunteers and the satisfying feeling of accomplishment for all—donors, sponsors, volunteers and businesses—is priceless. It is only through the efforts of so many parents, grandparents, alumni and community volunteers that the annual auction becomes the professional production it is.
“Our heartfelt appreciation and respect is extended to our auction co-chairs, Kiersten Stinson and Beth Altaffer, for their relentless dedication and enthusiasm. Over 75 volunteers devoted themselves to the event, entrenched in the hard work and fastidious recordkeeping it takes to plan and execute an event of this magnitude,” said Head of School Deborah Cook. “We appreciate the commitment of all of our volunteers; they do what they do out of love for the children and a desire to enhance the educational experience for all of our students and for that we are grateful.”
“It’s not how much you give, it’s the spirit in which gifts are given that is so important and meaningful,” stated Stinson. “It is from purchasing one raffle ticket to buying the most expensive live auction item that we are able to offer all we do at Chesapeake Academy."
Co-chair Altaffer added, “The funds raised support the tri-county educational community through scholarship assistance and open-access to both school-year and summer activities which enrich the lives of our local children.”