Howard School to Host Golden Age Themed Fundraiser, Open Online Auction | Culture & Leisure

This year, the Howard School’s fundraiser, A Grand Affair, will celebrate the glitz and glamor of the 1920s with festive decor, food and entertainment inspired by the Gilded Age. The event, including a live auction, will take place on April 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club.

“Grab your pearls and your best Gatsby-esque outfit and come enjoy a fabulous evening,” said Dayna Kelly and Holly Franke, chairs of the event committee. “We are thrilled to be hosting our first in-person event in two years.”

While A Grand Affair is ticketed — and tickets are limited — the online auction is live and open to the public. The Howard School raises funds each year to make necessary improvements to the school campus, to support faculty and program costs, and to help keep tuition affordable, including a scholarship program solid.

The online auction is now open and includes unique items such as a private shopping experience with personal stylist Devon Reinauer and fashion designer Heidi Merrick, an all-inclusive surf day, cabana and lunch at Hollister Ranch and private box seating at the Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego.

Other local attractions on offer include a three-night stay at an oceanfront condo in Carpinteria, sunset sailing, surf camp, baseball lessons and a Chef’s Table dinner for 10 per night. The Food Liaison.

The online silent auction will run from April 4-8. Opening offers on items range from $50 to $500.

“This auction showcases the best of the best,” Kelly said. “The items are of the highest caliber and demonstrate the generosity of our community in support of our wonderful school. We are excited to bring you items and experiences for all ages, all shoppers, and at all price points.

The Howard School is a non-profit organization that operates without an endowment. Twenty-five percent of Howard students receive financial aid, and 35% of tuition assistance is given to students from ethnic minority groups. Last year, the school provided $179,000 in tuition assistance.

After the school’s recent move to the St. Joseph’s Church campus, the school faced additional costs to set up classrooms and administrative needs to operate as a licensed daycare and childcare facility. kindergarten through eighth grade.

Funds raised from the online auction and ticket sales help the school keep tuition affordable for Carpinteria families. The Howard School has provided a Carden Method education to generations of local students for over 100 years.

“We are proud to be Santa Barbara’s oldest continuously operating independent school, serving both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties,” said Howard School principal Joel Reed. “With small class sizes, the Carden classroom is organized so that learning is highly individualized, meeting each child’s unique needs.”

For the online auction, visit

To purchase tickets for the Howard School fundraiser, visit

For more information about the school, admissions, or the impact of your contribution, visit or contact Anita Betancourt at [email protected], (805) 745-8448.

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