More than 600 parents, alumni, faculty, staff and community members attended BRAVO! on March 4, kicking off the centennial year of the Bexley City School District. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, ticket purchasers, auction donors, bidders and food sponsors, BRAVO! is expected to net over $110,000 to support programs that will enhance the education experience for Bexley students of all ages.
New this year to BRAVO! was the introduction of mobile and online bidding for the silent auction,including the children’s art auction. The change-over from paper went without a glitch, and brisk online bidding prior to the event and remotely contributed to a 41% increase in auction revenues over 2016.
“We were thrilled at the community’s willingness to embrace the new approach,” said BEF Executive Director Pam Glasgow. “Online bidding is the wave of the future, and it’s here to stay. As always, we are deeply grateful that such a large crowd came out to support the schools and the foundation.”
BRAVO!, which is the BEF’s largest fundraising event of the year, would not be possible without the work of a dedicated planning committee, starting with event chair Kim Schellhaas. Special thanks also go to the many event volunteers who assisted guests though out the evening, those who provided Bexley spirit wear for display, and to Pixelwinx for the fantastic video presentation featuring historic photos. View it here.
Many thanks, too, to the Bexley High School Cheerleaders who energetically greeted our guests, enacting the theme of “Cheers to 100 Years.” View photos from BRAVO! here.