TRP Update Total Exceeds $33,000
As Donations Continue to Save the Children School to Pursue
Margaret Lipman and Nora Hemphill (January
exemplifying the admirable sense of
responsibility and personal efficacy that is an integral part of George
High School and the entire Falls Church City community, this month’s
Relief Project raised over $33,468 (as of Tuesday, January 25).The entire sum is being donated to Save the
Children’s response to the December 26 tsunami that devastated much of Southeast Asia, killing between 144,784 and 178,000 in 11
countries and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless
The current fundraising total is still rising
exceeded most expectations.The initial
aim for the fundraiser was $20,000 – a figure that was exceeded on
January 15, when the bulk of the fundraising events occurred.Since then, over $10,000 has been added to
the current total ($33,468).
uniting GM students, parents, and faculty, the
Tsunami Relief Project also galvanized many local businesses and Falls Church citizens into action.Certainly, the fundraiser could never have been a
success without their
donations, participation and attendance.
started off on a high note on Monday, January
10, with a jazz concert featuring the GMHS Jazz Ensemble and Combo, the
Jazz Band, and the Potomac Jazz Orchestra.The
event raised $2,362 through donations
Senior Sarah Stanley applies henna to
Club member Tania Andrade during the craft sale.
The craft sale was one of many fund raising activities
on January 15 that helped raise over $33,000 for the
Tsunami Relief Project. All funds are being donated
to the Save the Children Foundation.
January 15, the hard work of student, faculty,
and parent volunteers came to fruition.As early as , volunteers
on the various committees were diligently setting up their respective
preparation for the opening of the fundraiser at And when
arriving, they were greeted by quite a sight.
Auxiliary Gym, the Silent Auction and White
Elephant Sale both proved
extremely successful, raising $8,797and $6,330, respectively.The highest bid of the Silent Auction was
$500 for a meal for 20 guests -- prepared, served, and cleaned up in
winning bidder’s home and following a menu of their specifications.Other high bids were for a week in New Orleans, a refinished traveling trunk donated by Dr.
Washington Wizards vs.
basketball tickets, and “Romance in a Basket” and “Basket for Cooking,”
were both donated by ThomasJeffersonElementary School classes.
Elephant Sale offered
hundreds of donated items and certainly proved the saying that “One
is another man’s treasure.”Not that any
of the items were trash, though.Shoppers at the Sale were
treated to incredible bargains on books, CDs, clothes, toys, jewelry,
accessories, appliances, and much more.On a somewhat smaller scale, the Craft Sale also
included several booths which offered henna, juggling lessons (provided
several TJ students), and handmade crafts by Mason students.
lunch in the Mustang Café was also sold
between .A multitude of
muffins, breads, baked goods,
chips, sandwiches, juices and sodas were donated by the PTSA, the Bread
House, Kendall’s Bakery
and others.A steady stream of customers
attended the informal function throughout the morning and afternoon.About midway through the event, $745 was
documented as having been raised, although that figure undoubtedly
the day progressed.The remaining food
was donated to a local food kitchen/homeless shelter.
afternoon, a Battle of the
Bands in the auditorium raised $1,610.Ten bands from seven area high schools performed.But to no one’s surprise, the ever-popular
Mason band Ninja Slap was the overwhelming winner and undeniable crowd
As the day
wore on, the cafeteria was transformed for
the Evening Reception with decorations from Better Events Catering and Falls Church Florist.Around seventy people attended the elegant affair and were
live piano renditions, as well as service by student waiters, many
tuxedos on loan by Masters Tuxedos.Local merchants such as Tara Thai, Pilin, La Cote d’Or,
Zpizza, Quiznos, and the Florence Café (as
well as parents, students, and other citizens) had generously donated
d’oeuvres, entrees, drinks, and desserts.The Reception raised $1,915.
Later on, the
auditorium was filled with the somewhat
more mellow sounds of the Benefit Show, which featured an astounding 46
students, including dancers from the UniversalAcademy of Ballet
in Washington, D.C.A variety of
musical arrangements, dance
numbers, solos, and dramatic pieces were performed.The event, which concluded the day’s
fundraiser, raised $2,939.45.
International Club brought in $1,118 from the sale
of its Care Packages, which have also helped to relieve Masonites’ exam
this week.Fundraising efforts from the
Mason wrestling and swimming teams contributed $235 and $53 to the
Relief Project, respectively.Other
general donations (which continue to pour in and are encouraged) now
total $7, 343.
Principal Bob Snee
has proposed holding other fundraisers for tsunami relief in each of
before the school year’s conclusion.That seems like a very imminent possibility, especially if
efforts are any indication of the generosity, hard work, and
George Mason students. The first “extra” fundraiser will be a faculty
basketball game between the Mason staff and the staff at GeorgeMarshallHigh School on March 4, 2005.