HWPA raises $20,000 more than last year

By Ana Scuric

The Harvard-Westlake Parents Association’s Party raised over $164,000 for financial aid this year, exceeding last year’s total by $20,000.

The Parents Association sold 450 tickets for its annual event, Rock’N’Art, held April 28 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The event included an online auction and a new auction called Art Jukebox, which sold 65 pieces of art including art from professional artists and teachers’ works. Art Jukebox made $20,000, while the rest of the online auction brought in a total of more than $75,000.

“It was a fantastic art exhibit and auction which tied into our music and art theme,” Parents Association Head Susi Gaylord (Ben ’13) said.

During the event at LACMA, parents enjoyed a night of art, dining and music. A concert was held featuring Billy Steinberg (Ezra ’15), who sang original songs like “True Colors,” Rick Knowles, The Janks and pop and R&B singer JoJo Levesque.

AttendeiGoodie bags handed out at the event were woven from masai by a Tanzanian woman who will now be supported for three years from the funds she earned making the bags. The HWPA donated centerpieces filled with art supplies to LA’s Best to support its after-school art programs for young children.