Our Caterer: Coretti Catering
Long time Highlands supporters and parents, Ken Effinger and Rebecca Corretti purchased The Florentine in 2008 and six years later began a meticulous, multimillion-dollar renovation. Today, The Florentine is once again a beacon of elegance and charm and fills a much-needed niche in Birmingham for a sophisticated venue for large parties, events, and weddings. The building also houses Corretti Catering, which will be catering our take-home meals this year.
We will be using HandBid a fundraiser auction app. This software allows for bidding on silent auction items (only) on your smartphone or tablet; one neat feature: It alerts you when someone has placed a higher bid; no need to hover near the items you really want; this software makes check-out a breeze, too. No more waiting in long lines; enter credit card info upfront, and at the end of the night, tally up, and you’re done. Download the free Handbid app today! You can find instructions here
We know you’ll enjoy spending an evening with Guin Robinson. Here are a few fun facts about Guin: He was Pell City’s Mayor for five years and now works as Dean of Economic Development at Jefferson State Community College; he’s a big believer in community service and has served on numerous local and regional boards; he’s one of the funniest guys we know.
What improvements will be made at the school with 2022 Auction funds?
Monies will be used to fund 2-3 new outdoor classrooms.
How have auction funds been spent in past years?
- New Playgrounds for the Family Center and the Learning Center side playground, new audio equipment for the Spencer Center. Over $160,000 raised from the 2020 Auction
- Over $151,000 donated to the Capital Campaign from the 2018 Auction
- Added a new treehouse on the Learning Center side playground, new Tinker cabinets added to each building, Interactive Boards added to some classrooms. Over $201,000 was raised from the 2016 Auction.
- 100 student Mac Air laptops and four charging carts from the 2013 Auction
- Upgraded infrastructure; purchased wireless network, server from the 2011 Auction
- Outfitted classrooms with interactive whiteboards, document cameras, installed projectors from the 2009 Auction
Why every two years?
- That’s purposeful … to be mindful of the expense to parents and the kindness and generosity of our families and corporate sponsors when asked to contribute. Highlands School has been holding an auction to raise funds since the late 1990s. Each time, it only gets better and becomes more vital.