On Saturday, more than 200 guests came to campus for the 2018 Casino Night and Live Auction. Back by popular demand, the gaming tables were a big hit again, with loud cheers and high-fives all around as guests tried their luck at blackjack, craps and roulette. Guests also bid on silent auction items, which ranged from campus perks, such as “no-homework passes,” to sleepovers at the American Museum of Natural History.
New to the event this year was a professional singer crooning Sinatra tunes to set the mood for the evening. In addition, appearances from Elvis himself (Tony DeVergillo) and a Vegas-themed wedding-chapel photo booth added to the fun. Old favorites such as the wine & spirit draw and the sponsored decks of cards guaranteed that everyone went home a winner.
Silent auction and gaming closed at 9:30 p.m. so that guests could attend the much-anticipated live auction. Among the unique offerings this year were a private ice-rink party, spring break on the slopes in Sun Valley, Idaho, and four tickets to the Elton John Farewell Tour. After some spirited bidding, guests stayed for a while to enjoy one another’s company and collect their auction items.
A very special thanks to everyone to came out to Casino Night or supported the event through remote bidding, sponsorship, volunteering or donations to the auctions. The evening would not have been possible without the efforts of our auction committee. Led by co-chairs Ann Matthews P ’16, ’18, ’24 and Lynn Farscht P ’21, the group comprised an amazing combination of longtime GSB parents and parents new to the school. From initial meetings to all-day set-up last Friday, they brought their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and know-how to every aspect of the event to ensure its overall success.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.