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It was definitely “A Night to Shine” at this year’s NCS Auction Fundraiser. Once again we sold out the event, and through the generosity of all who attended, we raised over $103,000! $51,000 of that total was raised in the last few minutes during the paddle raise. Those funds will specifically go towards a new bus, which will benefit all of our students with safe transportation to field trips, sporting events, and service opportunities.
Then entertainment for the night was extra special this year with performances by our students. A group of cast members from Annie performed two of their numbers from the show, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Little Girls.” High school cast members of Shape of the Grave performed a powerful scene from their show about “Bloody Sunday” in Ireland 1972. The NCS Entertainers sang “Never Enough” from the popular movie The Greatest Showman. Our NCS Rock Band livened things up with “Natural Woman” and a “We Will Rock You/Beat It” compilation. Attendees got to know the fine arts faculty members through their performances as well. Kayce Green and Kevin Durham got the laughs with their rendition of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” and then summoned the tears with their performance of “Our Children.” Art teachers Donna Torrez and Emily Johnson painted live pieces alongside several students during the event, and all of their artwork was auctioned off at the end of the live auction. The finale was a great way to end with all the performers singing “Children Will Listen.”
NCS parent Katie Reasor said, “My favorite thing about the auction this year was the entertainment! I was so touched by the enthusiasm and the talent of all of the performers. There was such a variety - traditional choral music, pop pieces and even some drama! It was fun to see Kayce Green and Kevin Durham perform together, as well. It’s quite clear that they enjoy what they do! I think their enthusiasm for the arts is so apparent and has truly impacted and motivated their students.”
This year’s auction was my favorite one that I have ever been to! Seeing all of the different forms of artistic expression - theater, singing, painting - from all ages of students was amazing. I hope it’s replicated every year,” added Shelley McClary.
In an attempt to motivate our students in kindergarten through fifth grade, I (Lauren Brasel, Elementary Principal) offered the students a reward they would surely remember. We set the goal for our Entertainment Book and Smart Card fundraiser at 500 items. The deal was if the students sold 500 items then I would sleep on the roof of the NCS Lower School Building. Boy were the students motivated! They surpassed the goal and raised over $4,000 dollars for the additions to the playground. UH OH! It was time for me to follow through with my end of the bargain.
Weeks went by. Nights were too hot, too rainy, or too fall breaky. Finally, the perfect night arrived after fall break. The warmest night that week was 47 degrees but I knew I was running out of time before the temperature dropped too much.
On the chilly evening of Thursday, October 19th, after eating with my family at Chili's, my family and I went to prepare the site. My husband raised the ladder. The tent went up. All of the blankets, pillows, fuzzy boots, snowsuit, and obviously a craft project (I had to make the most of my time on the roof) went up to the roof, and then l finally climbed the ladder.
Visitors and callers with great concern checked on me as I enjoyed the view from my tent of the football stadium and the kitchen exhaust. With lots of camping experience, I was able to power through the night. I learned that the Eagle Campus is very quiet on a Thursday night, until...the Dumpster Man comes to empty the nearby dumpster at 2:30am. What a fright!
After sleeping in on Friday morning, I awoke atop the Lower School and was ready to clear the playground balls from the roof and greet the students. Mrs. Shelton brought a much needed warm-up via Starbucks at 7:00am. The students were astonished as they arrived to school as it was unexpected to see their principal on the roof, with a cup of coffee, in her robe waving. After the bell rang, all of the elementary students assembled outside for the announcements. First graders lead the Elementary Eagles in the pledges and prayer (and everyone had a good chuckle about Mrs. Brasel participating from the roof). After a brief discussion of whether or not they believed I actually slept on the roof, the tent came down, the blankets, boots, and snow suit came down, and finally I came down the ladder.
It was a fun experience, and I would do it all over again for the kids! Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser and for your commitment to Nashville Christian School.
This year’s Auction Fundraiser had a travel theme and emphasized that when you start at Nashville Christian, you can go anywhere! The tables were decorated with beautiful paper flowers made from vintage maps created by NCS parent Shannon Thompson. All of the amazing auction items were grouped into different destinations. For example, Destination Dine Out featured restaurant gift cards, Destination Road Trip had some great hotel and cabin getaways, and Destination Music City had tickets, a banjo, and even a “swag bag” from the CMA’s!
Everyone enjoyed browsing the auction items and placing their silent bids before enjoying a delicious meal donated by NCS parents Patrick and Martha Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que.
A panel of supporters then shared about the opportunities at Nashville Christian, what makes it so special, and why they give back to the school. The panel included current NCS Senior, Blake McKinney, Cassi Wright (Class of 2011), Dan Smith (Class of 1983) and current NCS parents, Ryan & Shelley McClary (Colt, Hunt, Matt and Kate). Each shared how NCS has impacted them, with alumni Cassi Wright and Dan Smith exemplifying how a degree from NCS means there is no limit to what you can do.
Once the live auction started, the paddles went up, and we raised just over $41,000! Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Annual Fund, the Junior/Senior Banquet and the Eagles Parent Association.
We want to give special thanks to our sponsors:
Admirals Club Sponsors ($2500+): Mike Campbell, Enterprise Electric; Patrick and Martha Martin, Martin’s Bar-B-Que; Terry Page, CPA, Terry Page & Associates, LLC
First Class Sponsors ($800+): J. Cliff Walker, Financial Advisor, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Parker School Uniforms; Bella Ryan; Legends Bank
Coach Sponsors (400+): Linda Johnston, Dennis & Tami Wilson, Chris & Katie Ryckman, Steve & Darlete Bishop, Chris Hoover, Mike & Robin Lee, Tom Burroughs, Scott & Kathy Gupton, Brian & Melissa Bishop, BSAA, Donnie & Evelyn Keeton
Special thanks also to the auction committee, Kelly Farmer, J& J Printers, Mike Rhode, Nashville Tent & Awning, and all of our parent, faculty and student volunteers who served that night. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Each year in May, during Teacher Appreciation Week, NCS students and their families express their love and gratitude for their teachers in a number of creative ways. Because high school students have multiple teachers, NCS parent Ashley Cantrell and the EPA came up with an idea to bless all the upper school faculty and staff. Generous contributions were made and the high school faculty workroom got an entire redesign! The space received new flooring, was repainted, and it is now equipped with a new microwave and large refrigerator. Everyone loves the new space!
Thanks to Ashley Cantrell, the EPA, and all who gave toward this effort to impact the entire faculty and staff with a wonderful daily reminder of appreciation. If you did not get the chance to contribute last May, the room is still in need of a table. Please contact Karen Whelan at 356-5600 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make contributions.
Once again Nashville Christian supporters surpassed our fundraising goals, contributing almost $58,000 at this year’s Annual Auction. This set a new record and is almost $10,000 more than last year! The auction had a fiesta theme this year and a mariachi band played as patrons browsed auction items and enjoyed a Mexican-themed meal prepared by NCS dad Luis Madrid and his restaurant Tequilas.
A panel of supporters shared about what makes Nashville Christian so special and why they give back to the school. The panel included Elementary Principal, Lauren Brasel, Head Football Coach Jeff Brothers, student athlete Daniel Bituli and Maggie Martin, mother of student Mickey Martin who was tragically killed in an auto accident at the beginning of the school year.
This year’s auction sold out once again, and the most popular live auction items were a football signed by our 2015 State Championship Football Team and Coaches (donors Coach Brothers, NCS football team and Nashville Sporting Goods), the Fort Morgan beach house (donors Greg and Angel Allen), the Isle of Palms beach house (donors Doug and Heather Nigbor), the Kentucky waterfront cabin (donors Ryan and Teresa Bult), and the Duck Tails Hunting Lodge, which sold twice (donor, Mike Campbell)!
Of the funds raised this year, 20% will go toward the junior/senior banquet, 20% toward the annual fund and the remainder will go to the EPA (Eagles Parent Association). The EPA is currently considering how to use the funds for campus improvements.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Ghost Pepper Sponsors ($2500+): Terry Page & Associates, Enterprise Electric, Party Patrol
Habanero Sponsors ($1000-$2499): Trace Bikes, Legends Bank, Steve and Christy Irwin
Jalapeno Sponsors ($750-$999): Cliff Walker with Morgan Stanley, and Parker Uniforms
Special thanks also to the auction committee, to Kelly Farmer of Party Patrol who created their vision for the event, and to the more than 30 students who served that night.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!