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Gala Raises More than $200,000 for Rossman
By: Communications Manager Sarah Meyer
March 14, 2016
More than 250 people attended the Golden Apple Gala, an evening of philanthropy and fun for the Rossman School community. Held March 12 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the biennial event featured silent and live auctions, an exquisite dinner and the theme “Inspired by You.”
The dazzling array of auction items up for grabs — including sensational jewelry, rare sports memorabilia, magnificent vacations, Rossman Rarities and much more — helped the Rossman School Parents’ Club raise more than $200,000 for the children of Rossman School. Eight dedicated parents chaired the event: Laura Busch, Laura Cozad, Praida Daengsurisri, Courtney Engler, Alison Nadaud, Michelle Ott, Merrica Schell, and Vasavi Rao. Parent Courtney Birkel served as the evening’s emcee, and KSDK’s Rene Knott led the live auction.
The funds raised at the Gala will support Rossman’s endowment, teacher wish lists and a new polyurethane track. The school’s current asphalt track is 24 years old. According to P.E. teachers Larry Huusko and Jenna Lucas, the polyurethane track will set a new standard of excellence among Rossman’s peers. Benefits include enhanced athletic performance, improved durability, decreased risk of injury, functionality in all weather conditions, and environmental friendliness.