The Bishop’s School gets ready to ‘Raise Some Cabo’

Great food, drinks, music and a Cabo-style atmosphere are sure to make The Bishop’s School’s annual “party with a purpose” feel more like “una fabulosa fiesta” as the local independent, college preparatory school celebrates Baja Knights, the 2013 auction co-chaired by current Bishop’s parents Janna and Marco Monroy and Tina and David Thomas. Held on the School’s campus April 20, 2013, Baja Knights is certain to be a night – or should we say, “knight” – to remember.

“Baja Knights is the perfect theme for a school community in La Jolla,” according to Tina Thomas. “It allows us to bring the breezy beach ambiance to campus and sets a fabulous, casually chic tone.”

Each year, the school’s auction raises approximately $1 million in direct support of the student need-based financial aid and faculty professional growth programs. More than 20 percent of the current student body is receiving close to $3 million through the financial aid program.

“After four years of being a part of the Bishop’s community, my wife, Janna, and I realized what an important role the auction plays in supporting the student need-based financial aid and faculty professional growth programs,” Marco Monroy shares. “It is remarkable to see the school community come together year after year to financially support these two crucial programs. We have witnessed how the programs have touched and changed many of the students’ and faculty members’ lives.”

In the last school year, dozens of faculty members benefitted from the school’s Faculty Professional Growth program by participating in a variety of enrichment experiences, which enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. The teachers and coaches take what they learn into the classrooms or onto the sports fields or courts to directly benefit the students and the community as a whole.

“The faculty professional growth program gives our educators the ability to continue their own education,” explains Janna Monroy. “This benefits not only them, but also the constantly evolving classroom experience for our children.”

The Bishop’s School’s auction season will be officially launched on Jan. 26, 2013, during the School’s Tastings Party, an evening of delicious food and wine. Guests are asked to bring a premium bottle of wine for admission, which will be offered in the wine section of the upcoming auction.

Baja Knights, the School’s 28th annual auction, will be held on campus and will feature dinner for 500, dancing to world-class entertainment, a wine auction, and both live and silent auctions with an emphasis on items that offer unique experiences. Underwriting of the auction will soon begin and donations of auction items and financial support by area businesses can be made online starting in late December.

For information on Baja Knights, the Tastings Party, underwriting or donations, contact the school’s Advancement Office at (858) 875-0802 or the auction committee co-chairs, Janna Monroy at sibanana@aol.com or Tina Thomas at tinareganthomas@gmail.com. For more information on The Bishop’s School, visit the School’s website: www.bishops.com.

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