This year’s Spring Event at Vibiana transformed the beautiful Downtown L.A. venue into an elegant scene of a masquerade ball. We enjoyed the incredible hospitality of the Fraser Family who made sure that the evening was full of culinary delights, free flowing drinks, and an unforgettable atmosphere.
Inside the historic Cathedral of St. Vibiana, eight professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars kicked off our program with a bang. The superb three-course dinner, prepared by RedBird Chef and St. James’ parent Neal Fraser, was a highlight of the evening.
The short program during dinner saw one of our own, Nick Morton, take the stage as the emcee for the Txt2Give initiative. We also celebrated the completion of our $500,000 Ahmanson Family Foundation Matching Grant Challenge, and surpassed our original $6 million campaign goal. Believe Campaign chairs, Rich Chisholm and Lois Perrin, announced that we will be increasing the Believe Campaign fundraising goal to $7 million!
The Spring Event Committee worked hard to put together another fantastic silent auction.Special raffle tickets were sold throughout the evening to give everyone a chance to win distinctive Venetian masks decorated by artists in our community including Jennifer Guidi, Tim Youd, James Nares and Forrest Kirk.
We are thrilled to share that together we raised $230,000 from this year’s event. This will fully fund the first year of The Teaching and Learning Institute to support professional development efforts. Thank you for supporting us by donating to, volunteering for, and attending the Spring Event. We could not have done it without you!