BBA Gala raises $250,000

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MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy's annual fundraising gala raised approximately $250,000 May 24 with contributions still coming in.

The BBA Parent Association hosted a capacity crowd of more than 250 in the Trillium Ballroom at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel on Friday.

Students and faculty featured prominently in the program, with special live performances by student musicians and the chorus of the spring musical, "The All Night Strut," and an exciting preview of the student film-making talent that was to be on display at the Gawlik Awards, BBA's answer to the Oscars.

The evening also serves to recognize and celebrate the supporters, volunteers, and advocates who make the many program offerings at Burr and Burton Academy possible.

Based on BBA's theme of Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good, and featuring live and online auctions as well as a special call from headmaster Mark Tashjian for support of BBA's renowned ACCESS program for this year's "cash call," in which a particular program is highlighted.

The ACCESS program provides highly specialized education to students with severe learning issues. With work soon to begin on a new academic building to be sited behind the Seminary Building, Tashjian called for funds to relocate the ACCESS program to what will become the heart of BBA's campus. Five minutes after auctioneer Eric Nathan started, the pledge total reached $130,000.

"It's incredibly humbling to see how this community turns out to support Burr and Burton — and how BBA and the community contribute to each other's well being," Tashjian said. "Students, alumni, parents, local businesses, friends — friends of friends even — all of these people turn out to support and endorse what we're doing here at this school, serving every single student who comes through our doors," Tashjian said. "If that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is."

Pictured are BBA student volunteers who welcomed, helped and hosted during the evening.

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