University Liggett School’s annual fall fundraising gala, Liggett Knight, raised nearly half a million dollars – the most a single event has earned in the school’s history.
The event, held Nov. 18 at the Detroit Athletic Club, raised $490,000 for the arts and academic initiatives, technology, building improvements, athletic equipment and more.
One highlight of the event was a paddle call for donations to raise money for the arts. The paddle call alone raised $161,000.
Popular items for the live, silent and fishbowl auctions included various vacations, a Shinola bicycle package, Ivanka Trump-signed jewelry donated by edmund t. AHEE Jewelers, and a chance to be Head of the Upper School.
Liggett parents, faculty and staff also led to the success of Liggett Knight by donating items for themed baskets, helping with student art projects and providing one-of-a-kind experiences.
Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement, says Liggett Knight was a success thanks to parent volunteers and sponsors, as well as those who donated auction items and bid on them.
“We couldn’t have done this without our Liggett Knight co-chairs, Connie Ahee and Karen Fox, and their families, and the parent volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event a success,” Hamilton says. “We are also grateful for our event sponsors for their generous support, and for all of our parents, alumni and friends who supported the auction and our school. It was an incredible night, and we are thankful for everyone who made it a success.”