On Friday, April 5th, 330 members of the BFS community gathered at beautiful 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and jumped into a time machine to 1985. What a trip it was! Gala: Back to the 80s was a resounding success, raising over $100,000 for our financial aid program, and bringing together parents, faculty, staff, and alumni for an evening of 80s fun!
In the month leading up to the big celebration, an online auction featuring over 100 fabulous items built excitement for the party and was open for bidding to Friends around the world, raising a total of $31,000. The main event on Friday, April 5th kicked off with a cocktail hour as guests showed off their 80s fashions, gathered in the photo booth and picked out accessories from the neon Glow Bar. PAC-MAN, Galaga and Donkey Kong were on hand for the nostalgic gamers in the crowd. Guests then moved into the neon-dazzled ballroom for dinner and a special film tribute to our retiring Head of School, Dr. Larry Weiss (which can be viewed here). PAT co-presidents Sabrina LeBlanc and Raymi Ramseur led the guests in a “paddle raise” for our financial aid program. A highlight of the party was a performance by our student dance team, the Panthers Supreme. The dancers got the crowd moving well into the night with their 80s-inspired moves and beats!
Thank you to the hard-working and creative Gala Committee and volunteers led by Co-Chairs Paula Dunbar and Ashley Williams, the 13 Leadership Sponsors, 55 Host Committee members, donors who underwrote the 80 faculty and staff tickets, online auction donors, the Panthers Supreme Dance Team, and the entire BFS community that helped to make Gala: Back to the 80s a success. Below enjoy a few photos from Gala: Back to the 80s.