More than 300 Ransom Everglades parents, faculty and friends jammed the middle school gymnasium March 7 for an evening of dining, dancing and bidding to support the school’s $5 million annual financial aid program. The 37th annual auction of the Ransom Everglades Parents’ Association (REPA) – dubbed the Boho Beach SoiRÉe – drew more than 300 partygoers in boho-chic attire who enjoyed a delectable buffet of modern Lebanese cuisine supplied by the soon-to-open Amal restaurant. Photo Gallery
RE parents, faculty and friends waged friendly online bidding wars for items ranging from the legendary brownies of former teacher Cristi Edmunds ’86 to a day trip to Stiltsville, a flight on a Navy plane, cooking and golf lessons, Heat tickets, an Everglades fishing trip, hotel stays, restaurant certificates, exceptional wine and cigars and much more.
REPA organizers are still tallying the proceeds; the total donated to financial aid will be shared here when finalized. The event took place under the leadership of REPA President Nicole Murray, auction chairs Amal Tabet and Melinda Gonzalez, and the auction acquisition team: Carola Pimentel, Soledad Awad, Lisette Di Gasbarro and Susan Woolsey. Javier Lugo assisted with technology, and Becky McCarron oversaw the auction advertising.
Members of RE’s jazz band under the direction of Performing Arts Department Chair Jon Hamm entertained guests as they arrived. Head of School Penny Townsend and Board Chair Andy Ansin ’81 welcomed and thanked the event organizers, and Ransom Everglades’ Advancement Office and faculty members assisted with logistics and support.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.