One of the SBS community’s favorite days of the year is EagleFest, a fun day that includes the spirited Blue/Gold competition, a family-style picnic, an old-fashioned carnival and an exciting auction. As you may recall, EagleFest was originally scheduled for Friday, April 17. The Office of Advancement quickly pivoted amidst new safety regulations due to COVID-19 and took an inventory of the amazing auction items acquired pre-pandemic. Then, after prayerful consideration, determined that the way to be excellent stewards of the donations was to proceed with an online auction to benefit something near and dear to their hearts.
Making decisions like this is never easy. Thankfully, this year’s proceeds from the auction will be entirely directed toward providing short-term emergency economic relief for SBS families who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
According to Head of School Dr. Don Davis, “God prepared us for this year, and He is not surprised by this turn of events. I am thankful for His perfect timing in providing EagleFest as a way for us to provide short-term need-based tuition assistance for our families who are experiencing financial hardships caused by circumstances beyond their control.”
Held online April 20-24, the 2020 EagleFest auction raised over $160,000!
This year’s hottest items were the EagleFest puppy, a five-day trip in Cabo, a week at Alys Beach and a beautiful painting by SBS parent Holly Spurlin depicting an SBS student’s first day of school.
According to Auction Chair Olivia Wolcott, "What was amazing to me was that even in uncertain and scary times, the SBS community rallied together to complete its first-ever virtual auction. One hundred percent of the profits will help SBS families experiencing financial difficulties because of COVID-19. That's pretty special in today's world and I'm extremely thankful to be a part of such a wonderful school."
EagleFest Auction Chair Jenaye Gardner also shared, “I've always known SBS was a special school, but working on this year's auction during such unusual circumstances proved that even more. We are truly all in this together, and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful SBS community.”
A special thanks to the Office of Advancement and the EagleFest chairs, Sommer Bukowski and Lorraine Koerner, along with their EagleFest committee, who continued to work tirelessly to celebrate and serve in these unprecedented circumstances.
Thank you to all who generously participated in the 2020 EagleFest auction!