This year’s Homecoming Weekend events was truly an incredible way to celebrate the Batten School’s five year anniversary! We kicked off the weekend with the Second Annual Silent Auction, which featured more than 30 donated items. Students, faculty, staff and guests could bid on items such as themed dinners with Jill Rockwell (Belgian Bistro), Dean Harding (Chinese Dinner), Dean Warburg (Election Eve Prognosticators) or Professor Converse (Windy City Brunch); tickets to Bruce Springsteen; a Baseball Package with Howard Hoege; golf and dinner for 4 provided by Keswick Hall; multiple raffles from Duo and Harris Teeter; and so much more. The auction itself raised over $3,000, almost three times the amount raised last year. After the Silent Auction, we transitioned into the Batten Ball portion of the night with the delightful jazz band playing fun, upbeat songs that everyone was able to dance to. A huge thank you goes to Katharine Meyer for helping with catering for the event and to Jill Rockwell for finding donors and helping generate ideas. Thank you to Kaycie Gillette-Mallard for all of her work helping find donors and setting up the silent auction and Batten Ball, and Victoria Catanese and Emily Laser as well. Batten Council could not have put on such a successful event without all of your help!
Following Friday’s events, the Batten Council hosted a Homecoming Tailgate on the terrace next to Garrett Hall! We had AMAZING food catered by Rhett’s BBQ and enjoyed the gorgeous fall day. Overall, planning these events was extremely worthwhile, everyone had so much fun over the weekend!
– Post by Amanda O’Malley, MPP’13