On Saturday, 13 May, 350 ISB faculty, staff, parents and other members of our community enjoyed a night to remember at BOZAR in central Brussels - with all proceeds raised in support of arts education at ISB.
The soiree began with a cocktail reception in the stunning Rotunda Room and Banquet Halls, where guests could admire student artwork adorning the walls, preview the silent auction items and bid on their chosen items. Guests also enjoyed top-notch performances by ISB arts students, including strings musicians, the Middle School and High School choir, a jazz trio, and masked actors.
Guests then proceeded to magnificent Victor Horta Hall in BOZAR for dinner, where they were welcomed by Sandra Rothenberger, Trustee and Chair of the Admissions & Advancement Committee at ISB. Ms. Rothenberger spoke eloquently about the importance of the arts to society as well as the education and development of young people. Further performances, including a revue by the Middle School cast of their upcoming musical, Little Voices, and a poetry reading by an IB student, impressed everyone with the quality of their work and the significance of the arts at ISB.
A delicious three-course dinner was served, and when the silent auction closed, there was much cheering and celebrating for those who won the items on which they had been bidding. Just some of the items on offer included fine wines from around the world, a variety of baskets with special delicacies from different countries represented at ISB, two coffee tables made out of pieces of the old ISB gym flooring, and many pieces of artwork from ISB students and other members of our community.
An exhilarating live auction followed the main course, chaired by auctioneer extraordinaire, Charlie Ross, who was delighted to return to ISB Night once more. Bids were placed, fought over, and ultimately won on items such as holidays, experiences and a reserved parking spot at ISB for one year! When the dust settled, the final result was over €110,000 raised in support of arts education at ISB.
ISB Director Lee Fertig shared inspiring words on how these funds will benefit arts education and the overall ISB experience - namely, through the creation of a new Multimedia Centre, investment and expansion of the Visiting Artists & Scholars Programme, and improving the acoustics of the ISB theatre to support performing arts events. And to close the formal programme, Trustee Egmond Brenninkmeijer announced the final total of funds raised and shared moving words about how his children had benefited from arts education at ISB.
The evening ended with a lively dance party until the wee hours of the morning with the last stragglers not wanting the party to end.
To view the full photo album of the event click here. More photos will be added in the coming days so keep checking back!
For more information about how the funds raised at ISB Night will impact education at ISB, please contact Chief Development Officer Brian Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.