The threat of rain didn't stop supporters of the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence from showing up at the Seventh Annual Gala on Friday held at The Fields Club in Peachtree Corners.
Held for the second time at the outdoor venue under the stars, the event was filled with friends, neighbors, politicians, principals and teachers who came to show their support for the annual fund-raising event.
"We had 545 people attend this year," said Jenny Chapin, co-president of the Foundation, "and we raised almost $90,000."
The gala is not only a fund-raising event, it's also an opportunity to honor those in the community who have made significant contributions to Norcross HS and the community. The Foundation has been recognizing three individual each year since 2001. This year's honorees:
Paula Parris is a retired NHS foreign language teacher who was innovative in her teaching methods. A very petite woman, Paula perfectly exemplifies the saying "dynamite comes in small packages."
Ann Schintzius is a former NHS Math teacher, athletic coach and class sponsor who received the Teacher of the Year Award and perpetually earned the respect of her students and colleagues.
Harvey Snider is the father of several NHS graduates and served, among other duties, as an officer of multiple booster clubs. Harvey is The Voice of NHS Basketball.
The evening began as a mix and mingle opportunity to enjoy Hors D'oeuvres, beverages and the music by Terry Lee & the G.T's.
During the evening, guests had the chance to purchase "brick's" which represented the wishes of the NHS faculty.
Also included were several special silent auctions for vacation getaways, a one-hour pitching session with legendary former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone and a one-year family membership to the Robert Fowler YMCA.
If you did not attend the Gala, there's still an opportunity to purchase "bricks" to help support the school. Visit the Foundation's website.
About the Foundation:
The Foundation for Excellence, a 501(c) (3) organization began with a generous gift from Mr. Paul Duke, developer of Technology Park and Peachtree Corners. For the past seven academic years, the Foundation has received donations from hundreds of families to help fund programs and structures, including:
- Matrix sign that greets all school visitors
- Contributions to assist in funding the Duke House
- Media Center updates including books and equipment
- Teacher grants that impact our students
- Pavilion located by tennis courts providing shade and water
- Computer carts containing wireless laptops
- Trophy case in foyer
- Teacher scholarships for continuing education