Nearly 400 guests turned out in support of Laurel School for its 13th annual benefit entitled “Lights, Camera, Gator Bash!”

Presented at the InterContinental Hotel, funds raised at the event support innovative initiatives that support the girls and learning strategy of Laurel’s Strategic Roadmap.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a sit-down dinner, entertainment, a live auction and festive touches such as a Diamond Dig and Bead Game and the Call to the Heart.

This year’s Call to the Heart supported Microsoft HoloLens at Laurel School, which is a collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Interactive Commons. This augmented reality technology was on display that evening for guests to view.

Jakki Nance was chair of the event, and worked alongside a volunteer committee. Guests included Laurel alumnae, as well as faculty and staff from the school, which serves girls preschool through 12th grade.

A private school for girls founded in 1896, Laurel School has two campuses — the Lyman campus in Shaker Heights and the Butler campus in Russell Township. Laurel is a nationally recognized college preparatory school with an enrollment of more than 600 young women. Laurel’s mission is to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID

Jennifer Coleman and August Fluker

Brett Farmery and Carey Jaros

Lynnette Jackson and Lovelle Crenshaw

Ann Klotz and Kathryn Purcell

Jakki and Fred Nance

Joel Warger and Rosemary Mudry with Maegan and Jason Cross