More than 200 people attended the Golden Apple Gala, an evening of philanthropy and fun for the Rossman School community on Saturday, March 7. The biennial event featured silent and live auctions, an exquisite dinner and dancing. In the Starlight Ballroom on the top floor of The Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Rossman guests enjoyed the sunset views from a favorite venue of the school's founders, Mary Rossman and Helen Schwaner, who hosted events for the Rossman community at The Chase in the school’s early years. Although the city skyline out of the ballroom’s wall-to-wall windows looks quite different today, the return of the Rossman community to this historical spot was meaningful, as was the well-timed opportunity to gather together before the onset of social distancing measures just a couple short weeks later due to coronavirus's spread throughout the region.
The dazzling array of auction items up for grabs in the evening’s auction — including sensational jewelry, rare sports memorabilia, magnificent vacations, priceless experiences and much more — helped the Rossman School Parents’ Club raise $232,000 to benefit the children of Rossman School, more than any fundraiser in recent history. Twelve dedicated parent chairs collaborated to craft the unforgettable evening, which featured nods to Little Golden Books and the 1920s: Nicole Albrecht, Lore Colpaert, Julie Ernst, Alice Flath, Buffy Geller, Barb Giljum, Jennifer Goff, Courtney Goodman, Leanne Groves, Kelly Metcalf, Michelle Ott, and Nima Rothmel. Voice of the St. Louis Blues Chris Kerber infused the evening with great heart and energy as the evening’s emcee and live auctioneer.
The funds raised at the Gala will support Rossman’s endowment, teacher wish lists and the remodel of the William E. Ball Library. The new state-of-the-art space will elevate the library to a place that engages all ages, provides relaxing reading nooks and encourages collaborative work groups.
Rossman School, nestled on a 20-acre campus in Creve Coeur, is an independent private preparatory school for students in Junior Kindergarten (four years old) through Grade 6. The school’s mission is to provide a strong, well-balanced education in a nurturing school community committed to excellence. Dedicated to developing personal, nurturing relationships with each child, Rossman’s experienced educators provide a solid foundation in academics, athletics and arts while emphasizing strong character development and leadership skills. Request a free Rossman School brochure here.