180 parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees filled the Beirut Kempinski Hotel ballroom on Friday, March 3, for the sold-out 2017 ACS Annual Fundraising Dinner. Each year, the ACS Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC) plans the event, with this year’s dinner featuring two live bands and a dance floor.
Middle School English teacher DJ Saint James emceed the event and introduced Head of School Greg MacGilpin, who thanked the crowd for its support and gave brief remarks on the significance of the ACS Annual Fund.
“Every one of us has made the decision to choose ACS,” said MacGilpin. “As your Head of School, one of the cornerstones of my belief is that these days, these years for our children are more important than any other time. More important than their college or university lives,” he continued.
“Please know that your child, your children, are in the care of people at ACS who truly believe that these are the days, and by choosing to give, to be philanthropic, you are choosing not only a stronger experience for your children now, but ultimately, you are creating a better society.”
For the first time since its inception in 2010, the dinner coincided with the annual ACS Board of Trustees meeting, allowing the opportunity for trustees who travelled to Lebanon the occasion to also attend the evening fundraiser.
A small raffle highlighted items donated by Rymco Powersports, Sarah’s Bag, Geek Express, and two ACS parents. A Spider Man Collectable poster, Hermes bracelet, iPhone 7, Sarah’s Bag clutch, Peugeot Django Scooter, and, one of the most highly coveted, a 2017-2018 parking spot in the ACS new building, topped the raffle prizes.
ACS would like to thank Blom Bank, Indevco, Rymco Powersports and Maliks for serving as event sponsors in support of ACS’ mission. We are also most grateful to PVC members Chirine Haykel, Myrna Bocti, Carma Barakat, Lamis Ballan, Mirna Fakhouri, Nayla Sayegh, Majdolene Hijazi, Nadine Husseini, Sawsan El Khalil, and Maya Kheireddine for organizing the 2017 ACS Fundraising Dinner. We would also like to thank student ushers Liana Safa ‘19, Aya Dalloul ‘17, Pierre El Kubeh ‘18, Jad Ghorayeb ‘19, Ghalia Kabbani ‘17, Jana AboulHassan ‘17, and Mariam Charara ’17 for assisting with the evening, and student photographers Rayana Azar ‘17 and Nadine Hantes ‘17.