While it’s the fourth year the foundation has recognized the school’s anniversary with a gala, reaching the 10-year milestone makes this event extra special, said foundation president Lee Wagner.
Teachers and staff who have been with the school for 10 years will be honored, he said.
“We [also] have a Wall of Fame for people that have contributed to Alpharetta High School,” Wagner said. “This year we’re honoring Mary Anne Charron. She was the third principal and was really instrumental in starting the foundation.”
He said the anniversary party will serve as both a fundraiser and a “fun raiser.” The night’s fun includes music by Project Detour, food, mingling, games and auctions. Auction items include a graduation package, a New Orleans package, a date night package, sport memorabilia, a golf package and more.
“We’d like to make [the gala] a marquee event in Alpharetta,” Wagner said.
He said the foundation uses the money it raises to enrich the experiences of students and teachers at Alpharetta High School, focusing on academics, athletics, arts and community service.
“In its short history, [Alpharetta High School is] the eighth best high school — including private high schools — in Georgia, according to the Wall Street Journal,” Wagner said.
He said the foundation has sent teachers to attend training sessions and students to attend conferences, and it also has funded outdoor batting cages and a garden for special needs students, among other things.
“We’ve raised over $250,000 over the first three operating years [of the foundation], but we expect to double that in the next three,” Wagner said.
The foundation is in its fourth operating year.
“We believe that the foundation is good for the high school and the students, but we also believe that it’s good for the community too,” Wagner said. “A healthy high school leads to a healthy community.”
Tickets for the gala are $50 each. Wagner said while there will be various 10-year anniversary celebrations at the school throughout the year for students to participate in, this event is geared for adults only.