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Make plans to attend The Bash Before the Bell on Aug. 19

7/11/2017 7:30:00 AM, 4,312 views

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The Purple Tie Committee of Darlington School is pleased to announce that The Bash Before the Bell will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson-Drummond Amphitheater behind Thatcher Hall. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Johnson Field House.

The Bash Before the Bell is a casual evening event, featuring dinner, a full bar, both live and silent auctions, various raffle prizes, a reverse raffle, and entertainment provided by a fabulous acoustic trio Lilac Wine. Live and silent auction bidding information will be accessible online leading up to the event. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit Darlington’s parent organizations: Pre-K to 8 and Upper School Tiger PRIDE, the Fine Arts Booster Club, and the Athletic Booster Club.

Plans are now well underway, led by committee chairs Lauren Ledbetter, Jennifer Merritt, and Kimberly (Murphy) Moseley ('87), along with the efforts of additional committee volunteers.

"We have some big shoes to fill from the amazing work of those who have chaired in years past," said Ledbetter. "Of course, we are constantly looking for ways to fine tune the event, based on feedback received and this year proves no different. We will have a band to play dance music after the auction, because let's face it: who doesn't like a party?! And we will provide more opportunities, such as an inside dessert bar, to offer respite from the August evening.

"We really want to stress the importance of this one school event, as it's our one opportunity to come together as an entire school, from day and resident parents, to faculty, to alumni, to the Board," she continued. "We want this to be THE EVENT that everyone wants to come to in Rome! It's an excellent opportunity not only to have fun together as one school, but also to show off our assets to those guests who may not be involved with Darlington on some level ... yet!" 

Admission to the event is $75 per person, which includes dinner and an open bar. A patron table level is also offered for $1,000, and includes seating for eight attendees, 24 purple raffle box tickets, and one reverse raffle ticket. Just like last year, there is also an opportunity to "Host a Teacher." Attendance will be capped at 450. Click here to purchase tickets and tables.

"Darlington's back-to-school event has sold out for the past two years, so be sure to save the date and purchase your tickets early," said Ledbetter. "You will not want to miss The Bash Before the Bell!" 

The grand prize for this year's reverse raffle is $10,000 cash or tuition credit for your oldest child up to $18,000 (to be used in one school year). Second prize is $2,000 cash. Each raffle ticket is $100, and is available for purchase online only. Only 300 raffle tickets will be sold.

Formal invitations will be sent to current Darlington families this summer. 

For more information about the fundraiser, please contact Lauren Ledbetter at laurenledbetter@msn.com.

Click here to view a photo gallery from last year's event.

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