Mardi Gras Auction and Showcase
On Saturday February 12, the Woodgrove Music and Art Association (WMAA) hosted a live auction and showcase to raise money for the fine arts department.
Vicki Curtis (Vice President of Arts for the WMAA), Chris Miller (Vice President of Music for the WMAA), and Vicki Fedor (Chairperson for the WMAA) all put together this program.
Curtis said, “It was a very successful event due to the many fantastic volunteers of the students and parents alike.”
The event rose $7,600 in a two and a half hour time frame. All proceeds will benefit the fine arts department at Woodgrove.
Savoir Fare, a restaurant located in Round Hill, provided appetizers and desserts throughout the night.
There were several student volunteers who were serving the food. Each volunteer sported many Mardi Gras beads and had their faces painted. Sophomore, Delaney Jones said that the most popular appetizers were the steak and the strawberries. She said that her tray never got heavy because “a lot of people just grabbed [the food] off and then I just got more.”
From 7-7:45 in the main corridor of the school, drama students were doing improvisations, guitar students were performing, there were plenty of art displays, and the volunteers were offering appetizers. Throughout the whole night, Woodgrove Fine Arts spiritwear was sold.
K.C. Burke, junior, was one drama student doing a monologue. Her presentation was “about a woman in the renaissance who started out as a hot head and becomes a subservient woman.”
Also during this time the Western Loudoun Indoor Drumline was playing in the auditorium, followed by the Wind Ensemble.
While guests milled around the main hall, they could look at the raffle baskets that were being presented. Raffle tickets were $1 and once guests bought one, they could put as many as they wanted in a basket of their choice.
From 7:45- 8 o’clock, there was a combined chorus production in the cafeteria.
The main event of the evening started at 8:00 in the cafeteria, the live auction. Participants had to register for the auction prior to the start of the auction. Auctioneer Brian Damewood kept the fun going by interacting with the bidders while trying to sell the auction items. The auctioneer company that Damewood was representing was Tillett and Damewood. Among the auction items included a 30 minute music lesson at Shamrock Music Shoppe, a ceramic pot thrown by Woodgrove’s own art teacher Shawn Grove, an Outer Banks beach house, and a “Rock Star” student parking space donated by Principal Gauriloff.
Following the very successful auction came the raffle drawing. Jones and Gavin Wells, junior, drew the lucky tickets. After this, the Woodgrove Jazz Band performed and desserts were offered.
This was the first annual auction and showcase and the attendance was phenomenal. Curtis, Miller, and Fedor deserve a huge thank you from the fine arts department for all of the hard work they put into this extraordinary fundraiser.