Parents hold event to benefit financial aid

Enya Huang

The Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association hopes to make more than $85,000 from the 2014 Parents’ Gala, “Come Together,” Feb. 22 at the Skirball Guerin Pavilion, Parents Association annual event committee chair Jennifer Lechter (Eliana ’17, Zackary ’19) said.

“This year’s auction theme is ‘Priceless’ because we wanted to have items that were hard to get,” Lechter said.

Parents’ Activities Liaison Portia Collins (Jarron ’97, Jason ’97) donated tickets to the Staples Center luxury box for the Lakers-Rockets game Feb. 19. A presale auction for the tickets closed on Feb. 9.

The average attendance in past years was about 600 parents, Lechter said.

She is hoping for an attendance of 800 this year. The amount of donations from the Parents’ Gala also varies from year to year, she said.

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit school financial aid and technology, including updating faculty and staff hardware, maintaining the computer labs and providing tech support.

“We have a new auction category that we hope will be very popular with students and graduates called ‘Shadow a Professional in your Dream Career,’” Lechter said.

“We have over 15 exciting career paths to choose from. We also have tickets to ‘The Voice’ finale, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale, many Lakers games, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and much, much more,” she added. “I really hope that the students go online, see what’s up on the auction block and encourage their parents to bid on the items they want.”