This article originally appeared in the spring 2016 Harker Quarterly.
More than 300 attendees came together for the recent Night on the Town gala, held Feb. 26 at the United Club at Levi’s Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl. The theme “One Team, One Dream” set the stage for a memorable night filled with delicious food, fun casino games, dancing and more.
Harker’s athletics programs were a major focus of the celebration, which raises money for the endowment fund. Throughout the evening, photos of Harker alumni who currently play sports at the collegiate level were shown on dozens of screens around the room. Sponsors were honored by having their names displayed on the room’s screens and on the stadium ribbon board.
“We had quite a Night on the Town, and our students were the winners! In this fitting setting, we showcased our student athletes and the importance of providing our athletes and performing artists with quality facilities so they can thrive,” said Chris Nikoloff, head of school.
“Harker is like our village and the school looks after not only our children, but also us parents. Our children have access not only to the best academia and superior facilities for study but also are able to pursue their interests in sports, arts, etc.,” said Aarti Awasthi (Mohan, grade 8; Shivani, grade 11).
One of the highlights of the event was an entertaining “chalk talk” video in which Nikoloff played the straight man to chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine’s upbeat, motivational sports coach. Nikoloff stood at a podium delivering a diplomatic, salesman-like speech extolling the virtues of the new buildings, which Irvine translated into an invigorating pep talk.
This year’s silent auction had attendees bidding for prizes such as concert tickets, jewelry, a cruise, Disneyland passes and VIP packages to Harker events including the Harvest Festival and upper school graduation ceremony. Attendees also saw an exhilarating performance by the Harker cheerleaders and captured their memories of the night at the photo opportunity area.
“I think education is the silver bullet. Harker offers a top-notch, inspiring education. It benefit the school and our community to be able to offer this education to children and young adults regardless of economic means. Sponsorship money goes directly into the endowment for this purpose and others,” said Lesley Matheson (Lauren Rossi, grade 1; Lachlan Rossi, grade 4; Leland Rossi, grade 7).
“Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and families who contributed to making this Night on the Town a great success. I am grateful for all the bene ts that result from our strong culture and tradition of philanthropy. One Team, One Dream!” said Nikoloff.