Spring 2021: Against the Odds
Every spring our community normally comes together in support and celebration of Carolina Day School—our programs, our teachers, and most importantly, our students. The pandemic, of course, impacted everything—including our ability to gather—yet the needs of our school remain.
This spring we ask that you support Carolina Day like you would every spring. Your impact will be even greater this year—without event overhead, 100% of the donations will go directly to our school and address its immediate needs, which are greater this year.
Please, raise a paddle, purchase a raffle ticket, and give a toast to the incredible feats of Carolina Day School and our students this extraordinary year. Events may be canceled, but CDS success is not. With your help we can succeed against the remaining odds.
Annual Spring Gala
Carolina Day School's fundraising events are a beloved tradition central to the culture of philanthropy at our school. CDS has two spring philanthropic events, which are each held every other year.
Share the Promise
Previously held in spring 2020.
Share the Promise is one evening featuring a Promise Party reception celebration and fun community dinners hosted by CDS families and friends in their homes. The singular purpose of this event is to support need-based tuition assistance at Carolina Day School.
A strong need-based tuition assistance program ensures that top students within the CDS community and in the region have access to the excellence of a CDS education regardless of financial means. The talents of these students enrich and strengthen the learning experience for all students in every classroom.
Previously held in spring 2019.
In 1976, at Asheville Country Day School, a great school tradition began: Auction Gala. In the following 42 years since its inception, Carolina Day School has hosted a biennial fundraising weekend to benefit the school, its students, and its faculty. Our auctions are famous for two reasons—they raise significant funds and allow the school community to come together and enjoy each other’s company at beautifully themed events. This year’s Gala carried on that tradition and included new enhancements that made this auction especially memorable.
Currently, the biennial Gala Auctions provide the largest amount of community-wide philanthropic support to teaching, learning, and environment at Carolina Day outside of the Annual Fund. The improvements and support our school is afforded every other year would simply not be possible without the Gala and the community’s participation.
The Gala held in spring 2019 had a talented team of volunteers, led by auction chair Preston Davitt, that spanned all divisions across campus. The auction included two special events: On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the family night Wonderland Party engaged all ages in the Alumni Gym with its whimsical theme-filled activities, silent auction and "A Taste of Carolina Day" dinner. The April 13, 2019, Midnight Garden Gala dazzled the senses at the Amherst on the Biltmore Estate with breathtaking decorations, a silent and live auction, VIP touch-up lounge with Turner & Co. and a seated dinner. Options for contributing also included purchasing Tuition Raffle tickets, donating items to the silent auctions, or becoming a business sponsor through the CDS Community Partners program.
As part of long-term planning, there may be a special campaign introduced such as the It All Begins Here campaign which built the Lower School.