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Annual Benefit Dinner Auction Raises Over $56,000 to Support VLHS

Apple Mountain’s Conference Center turned into Valley Lutheran’s personal cabana for the evening during the 15th annual Benefit Auction and Dinner on Saturday, February 24.

The theme for the event was “Caribbean Nights,” and most of the 340 attendees dressed as if the thermometer read 80-90 degrees rather than the 30-degree temperatures outside.

Alumni and staff, parents and grandparents of graduates and current students, along with guests with children not yet at Valley, attended the event, and had the opportunity to try their hand at card and dice games, sip on specialty island cocktails, and enter a drawing for a variety of gift cards. All this while the Valley Jazz Band entertained the crowd. They were also able to bid on a spicy assortment of silent auction items, using smart phones or tablets to expedite the checkout process.

Following dinner, Board of Directors member Matt Princing (VL ’85) spoke to the audience, explaining how supporters’ donations through the years at this auction have been a huge blessing.

“You are making our school better for today and tomorrow, helping keep Valley Lutheran High School on the leading edge of Christian education,” Princing said. “This year, we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary and the launch of the Growing Campaign, which will offer students the facilities they need and the financial access to keep us on that leading edge of Christian Education where we can nurture their faith, educate their minds, and cultivate the Christian leaders of tomorrow.”

The night wrapped up with a live auction, in which auctioneer John Carideo got the audience engaged in the bidding.

All in all, $56,000 was raised to support the student aid fund and provide the tools necessary to continue the excellence with which Valley educates the next generation of Christian leaders.

"The funds generated from the Auction — especially this year with all aspects focused on Student Aid — really do have a direct and immediate impact our students,” said Kyle DeWees, Valley’s Director of Development. “One in three Valley students receive some type of financial aid. Without that assistance, some of our students simply might not have access to what Valley offers: an outstanding, Christ-centered education."

In past years, funds raised have provided things like faculty compensation, a new roof on the school, pianos and band instruments, science furnishings, a school bus, a new surface on the track, new technology, funding student aid, and refurbishing our Gym.
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