Party with a purpose: Anchors aweigh for La Jolla’s Bishop’s School auction


It’s anchors aweigh for The Bishop’s School community on April 12 when the 2014 auction, All Aboard! U.S.S. Bishop’s, sets sail to raise funds in direct support of student need-based financial aid and faculty professional-growth programs.

All Aboard! U.S.S. Bishop’s, the school’s 29th annual auction, will take place on Bishop’s campus and feature dinner for 500, dancing to Jay Sterling Music, a wine auction and both live and silent auctions with an emphasis on items that offer unique experiences.

This year’s “party with a purpose” is co-chaired by Bishop’s parents Dawn Calvetti, Alice Hayes and Margot Kerr. They are the “captains” of a talented and hard-working committee of 90 parent volunteers with diverse backgrounds, who have served as this year’s “crew.”

“Our committee has been preparing for months,” Calvetti said. “They have contributed hundreds of hours of work on everything from décor and invitation design to auction item acquisitions and community partnerships.”

The impact of the funds raised at the auction is evident each day on the Bishop’s campus. More than 20 percent of the school’s 800 students are receiving close to $3 million through the financial aid program, helping the school achieve its mission of providing a

Bishop’s education to a broad range of young people in San Diego County. “Our auction also supports Bishop’s faculty professional- growth program,” Hayes said. “This program provides funding for teachers and coaches to participate in enrichment and educational opportunities throughout the year. They return to the classroom and the athletic fields refreshed and enthused, benefitting every student.”

“We are so grateful to the school’s families who have donated incredible, one-of-a-kind auction items,” said Kerr referring to the live auction offerings that include the ever-popular puppy, this year a Goldendoodle, plus a private jet experience and tickets for the 2015 Final Four, and access to vacation properties in Deer Valley, Honolulu and Cabo San Lucas, among others.

In addition to the live auction items, silent auction bidders will have a chance to bid on items and packages for relaxation, fitness, cultural events, dining and more.

Tickets are $225 for general admission and $450 for patron-level admission. Reservations can be made online at

— The Bishop’s School is a coeducational college preparatory independent day school offering grades 6-12. Founded in 1909, the school is in La Jolla and affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The 2013-14 enrollment is 800 students who live throughout San Diego County.

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