Liggett Knight

For the third year in a row, University Liggett School’s fall auction, Liggett Knight, raised nearly a half million dollars to support innovation and technology, academic initiatives, building improvements, athletic equipment and more.

This was the seventh year for Liggett Knight, which has raised in total $2.62 million since its inception. The Nov. 16 event, held at the Detroit Athletic Club, included live, silent and fishbowl auctions as well as a special paddle-raising for building improvements at University Liggett School.

The paddle-raising alone generated a record-setting $184,000 for campus improvements. 

Popular live auction items included a week at a Paris apartment, pink tourmaline and diamond earrings donated by edmund t. AHEE Jewelers and a week at the Firesky Lodge in Whitefish, Montana.

Liggett parents, faculty and staff donated items for the auction. 

“We would like to express our thanks to our Liggett Knight co-chairs, Kristin Nicholson and Huong Reilly, and to all of our Liggett Knight volunteers who helped to make this event a success,” said Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for external relations. “We also are thankful for our families who attended the event and bid on items, either at Liggett Knight or at home. We couldn’t have raised as much as we did without their participation and support.” 

The event generated $100,000 in sponsorships, which contributed to the nearly half million dollars raised.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the event. 

Thank you to our amazing co-chairs!

Liggett Knight Paddle Raising: Refresh, Refurbish, Revitalize!

Liggett Knight Paddle Raising: Refresh, Refurbish, Revitalize!

It's not too late to participate in the Liggett Knight Paddle Raising!

We've recently completed a major overhaul of our athletic campus making our sports complex, which includes the Boll Campus Center, one of the best places to train, compete and win!

This means that the time has come for us to consider improvements to the academic side of Cook Road. We are asking you to raise your paddle for some unglamorous yet important improvement projects in the Lower, Upper and All-School areas. Depending on how much we raise, we could happily put to bed a maintenance list that includes:
  • Lower School: New Promethean panels (smart touchscreen TVs) and new carpeting in classrooms and hallways
  • Upper School: New classroom furniture, and new carpeting in the science wing
  • All-School: Air conditioning repair and new carpeting in the Manoogian Arts Wings, and a new short-throw projector/scrim for the auditorium
  • Cook Road Façade: New landscaping and fresh paint
This facilities refresh initiative is all about providing our students with a revitalized learning environment, so that they can continue to receive the very best education in the metro Detroit area.


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444