Javon Hunter, Andrea Richardson and Emma Thomas

Nearly 450 guests joined in an evening at Lawrence School for the 10th annual “Bloom,” a benefit that brought in record totals.

The event, presented at Lawrence’s 47-acre Upper School campus in Sagamore Hills, raised more than $500,000, including a record-high total of more than $260,000 for need-based tuition assistance to help families find and remain at Lawrence.

Lawrence School, founded in 1969, is an independent day school serving students in grades kindergarten through 12th with learning differences and attention deficits.
Guests, including trustees, parents, former parents and school alumni, enjoyed cocktails, dinner by a Taste of Excellence caterers, live and silent auctions as well as student presenters.
There was also a raffle drawing for a 2018 Honda Civic.

Lou Salza, head of school who gave a welcome address, noted the commitment of the Lawrence School families and alumni.

The benefit’s main sponsor was the Harrington Family Foundation and Tricia L. and Robert G. Risman Philanthropic Fund.

Lawrence School, which draws students from 71 different communities, has two campus locations. The lower school campus in Broadview Heights serves students in grades K-6, with the Upper School campus in Sagamore Hills serving students in grades seven to 12.

The school has set the date for the 2019 Bloom, to be held May 4. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID

Trish and Rob Risman

Dr. Gilles Pinault and Dr. Lina Mehta

Mario and Dana Morino

Nat and Liz Leonard with Lou Salza

Ed and Jennifer Kuchar