Roots to Grow & Wings to Fly . . . the 2015 Forsyth Auction soared! Bidding paddles were raised high and often for the Forsyth School Financial Aid Program, and the auction was a huge success. A big thanks to auction co-chairs Lisa Carnahan, Megan Clinton, and Melissa Sauter, for spearheading and organizing this biennial fundraising gala and for assembling so many dedicated volunteers to manage every aspect.     

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>> Town & Style Snapped was on hand to capture the event. Click here to see Snapped photos.

At the registration table, auction guests provided their cell phone numbers and by text received a link to BidPal, the Forsyth Auction site for bidding on Silent Auction items. With a touch, auction guests could access any of the Silent Auction items, place a bid, receive notification of bidding status, view items with no bids and more. With Smart Phones in hand, guests savored hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, as they perused the Silent Auction tables filled with wonderful opportunities.

The evidence of the months of planning, creating, and assembling both decorations and auction items was abundantly clear. The Silent Auction displays incorporated garden themes with birds, butterflies, birch bark, trees, and more. The ballroom at the Hyatt was transformed with spectacular decorations spearheaded by the Auction Party Committee and with beautiful lighting and staging by Matt Williams and TKO DJs. In the ballroom, the gardening touch continued with tall glass cylinders with flowering branches on some of the tables alternating with low birch baskets filled with moss and artfully arranged lemons.

Head of School Mike Vachow welcomed guests to Forsyth’s twelfth auction for financial aid, then, Board President Kim Johnson thanked many people who made the auction possible, followed by recognition of the auction chairs Melissa Sauter, Lisa Carnahan, and Megan Clinton (pictured), who received flowers to thundering applause from the audience. Auctioneer Fletcher Lane took the microphone and introduced 4 Speed Bidding items.

With the Speed Bid items sold, he opened the Live Auction bidding for the 17 Live Auction items. One of a kind sports, travel and entertainment opportunities, to name a few, awaited generous bidders:  think U2 VIP Access in Chicago and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon; Cards & Rams insider experiences; travel to Costa Rica, Santa Fe, Sun Valley, the Bahamas; and more!

Mid-auction, after Item 6, auctioneer Fletcher Lane invited retiring teacher Gary Schimmelpfenig up to the podium. Mr. Schim spoke appreciatively about his years of teaching at Forsyth. A standing ovation for retiring teachers Jody Jones, Bernardine Sommer and Mr. Shim ensued.  The paddle raise for financial aid began with a short video, “Don’t Give,” a humorous take on the importance of giving starring Forsyth parents, faculty and staff. The paddle raise for financial aid raised $74,450 as guests held their paddles high in support.  

Following the Live Auction, the partying kicked up a notch thanks to Matt Williams’ TKO DJs who provided the music that kept the dance floor hopping till midnight.

Thank you to each and every one who donated an item, bought a catalog ad, underwrote auction expenses, donated to our Gift Clubs, attended the auction, volunteered, and bid on auction night. Thanks to you, the Forsyth School Roots to Grow Auction was a fabulous success! 


>> 404 silent auction items were sold in 2013.

>> The 2013 auction raised $285,000.

>> The first Forsyth School auction was held in 1994

>> The auction has netted over $1.9 million for the Forsyth Financial Aid Program.

>> 69 children from 55 families received a scholarship in 2012/13. 

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