Extend the Gift
Hot Sauce Challenge at the Quest Ball, 2021
Events have historically been a significant aspect of fundraising at VCS; however this year, they were either canceled or virtual. While we missed in-person activities, we realized that it is not the events themselves that raise the money, but rather the faithfulness of a generous community. We saw that faithfulness for our students so clearly this year. Our Elementary School PTPF, led by Nick and Nikki Roland, revamped the Jog-A-Thon into a virtual Dance-A-Thon. Though kids were home and on zoom, their smiles and giggles were just as bright. Our amazing PTPF parents, with the support of the community, not only raised record funds of $100,000, but also brought incredible joy to our youngest Warriors. This years’ Quest Ball exceeded expectations, raising $515,000 for our WARRIOR FUND and Youth With Promise. That success was the result of this faithful community willing to show up to an uncertain virtual event, and give - not for something in return, but for our students. While the Hot Sauce Challenge owes part of its $30,000 success to the sauce, the willing volunteers (parents Nabila Haq and Diana Matheou) deserve credit for creating an entirely new event, as well as our principals who demonstrated their love (and strong stomachs!) for our students. With leadership from Carolyn Cocanour, our parent community ensured the auction continued, donating great and creative items, passing out and delivering boxes, and enthusiastically supporting a very different Quest Ball. Generous sponsors filled our virtual
Elementary Dance-A-Thon, 2020
tables and ensured the event was fun even while virtual. Parents from every campus and community joined together to Stand Up for Valley’s Kids. Alumni parents, like Mike and Jen LaBarbera, continue to support VCS students even while their own children have graduated. While no virtual event can compare to the in-person experiences we’ve had before, we made an impact for our students. We connected as a community and celebrated with joy and laughter. That faithfulness - of current families, alumni families, and the educators who give so much for our students is what made the Quest Ball a great success this year. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in all of these events!
7th Annual Quest Ball, 2021