By: Yolanda W. Page.
The Audubon Charter School Soiree fundraiser is 7pm, Saturday, March 21 at Mid-City Theatre. There will be a buffet dinner and live and silent auctions. Amy Alvarez, the Sirens of New Orleans and the Siren Sisters will provide entertainment. Tickets may be purchased at www.auduboncharter.com. Sponsorships are also available.
Sophia Griffies, Audubon Charter School’s Development Specialist, is coordinating the fundraiser; I recently conducted an email interview with her to learn more about the fundraiser and her:
YWP: What is the origin of the Soiree/how long has it been in existence?
SG: The Soirée came into existence shortly after Audubon reopened as a charter school after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.
YWP: How was this year’s theme chosen?
SG: The idea for a Cabaret theme came to us because the event is being held at the Mid-City Theatre, and March is cabaret month at the Theatre.
YWP: What can a guest expect?
SG: The Soirée is the perfect opportunity to meet and socialize with other parents and have a great time! The event offers excellent food by local chefs, music, dancing, and a variety of live and silent auction items. We are very excited that the Sirens and Amy Alvarez, a well-known local cabaret singer, will perform this year.
YWP: What is the fundraising goal? How can parents and friends of Audubon help you?
SG: Funds raised at the Soirée, as well as Annual Fund gifts and proceeds from City Park Amusement Night, go towards our unrestricted fundraising goal, which is $85,650. Parents and friends of Audubon can help by getting involved and volunteering! It’s not too late to volunteer for this year’s Soirée. We still need volunteers, and interested parents can contact me at Sophia_Griffies@auduboncharter.com or 342-7100.
YWP: How are the proceeds used or what do they benefit?
SG: Proceeds benefit our students and help fund the cost of our advanced Montessori and French curricula by paying for essential expenses such as additional teachers, teaching assistants, increased security, and technology.
YWP: How long have you been coordinating the Soiree? What is your fondest memory?
SG: I’ve been coordinating the Soirée for six years. My fondest memory is dancing on the stage at the 70’s Soirée in my bellbottoms and Farrah Fawcett wig.
YWP: I am sure Rarebird parents and friends would like to know some things about you. What is your favorite quote and why?
SG: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans,” John Lennon. This is so true. People tend to say, “Oh, when I have more money, I’ll do this” or “when I have some time, I’ll do that.” I’m guilty of this too. We have to take advantage of all the moments and use the time that we have now to do the things that are fulfilling and bring us happiness.
YWP: Who or what inspires you?
SG: My mom was a huge inspiration for me. She was kind and generous and always took time to do thoughtful acts for others. She was also a very savvy, smart and accomplished woman with her own unique sense of style.
YWP: What is something about yourself that very few people know?
SG: I live in the French Quarter above a hair salon.
YWP: What is your favorite part of your job?
SG: I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know parent volunteers. There are many parents whom I have worked with over the years whom I now consider friends.
YWP: If there is one thing about your job that you could change, what would it be?
SG: I would no longer do any data entry!
YWP: Anything else you’d like to share?
SG: I love the warm and welcoming environment of Audubon. It’s a great place to work.
Sophia and the rest of the Soiree planning committee look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 21st.
Yolanda’s daughter, Brooke, is a kindergartener in the Montessori Program.