MMS students lend a ‘hand’ to light the way for education at ‘Prom Night’ on May 31

10409733_778872718814089_3298158111963270874_n“Prom Night” is the theme for the second annual “Luminaria Gala,” to be presented by Mountaineer Montessori School on May 31 at Berry Hills Country Club.  The event, presented by Bailey& Glasser LLP, benefits the school’s ”Lighting the Way for Education” scholarship and program funds.

The party begins at 6 p.m. with a festive cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception and an extensive auction, which includes several unique class-wide art projects facilitated by MMS faculty and local artists.

They include: “I Can Change the World with My Own Two Hands,” a 49-inch wide glass installation featuring primary students’ (3-6 years) handprints and a lighted globe; a set of Adirondack furniture decorated with whimsical creations painted under the direction of renowned artist Charly Hamilton; ancient civilization-inspired dinnerware created by junior elementary students under the direction of faculty member David Pushkin, MFA, a former professor of fine art at Columbia, American and Hofstra Universities; and a handmade cherry bookcase filled with books donated by advanced students.

Other auction items include: two orchestra seat tickets to the American Music
Awards, to be held November 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles; two grounds passes to the finals of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.; a guitar autographed by Paul McCartney; seven romantic nights at the St. James Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia; deluxe vacation packages to Vail, Colo., Cancun and the Napa Valley; gift certificates to almost every restaurant in town; and more.

IMG_0224A gourmet seated dinner, remarks by Coach Huggins, live auction and dancing will follow.

Winners for two major raffles will also be drawn that evening.  The prize for the first raffle is free tuition for a year at MMS (subject to school admission policies) or $3,500 in cash; tickets are $100 and only 100 will be sold. The winner of the second raffle will take home a 50-bottle wine cellar; tickets are $25 each.

Tickets to “Prom Night” are $75 per person, and include a $35 tax-deductible contribution to MMS. Thanks to fundraiser such as the Luminaria Gala, MMS has tripled its scholarship support in the past three years. For more information, please call the MMS office at 304/342-7870.