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Gala 2021: Under the Big Top!

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Gala 2021: Under the Big Top!
Bullis Gala 2021 Co Chairs

From left, Gala Co-Chairs Nikki Manoussos and Melissa Hausfeld ’97

Come One, Come All, Step Right This Way! The Bullis Community came together virtually this year to celebrate Bullis Gala 2021: Under the Big Top! Over 700 people participated online to benefit the school. Before the event, attendees picked up dinner and cocktail boxes under a green-and-white circus tent on campus. The boxes contained delicious circus-themed dinners and cocktail options from RSVP Catering, along with juggling balls and balloons to showcase our circus theme, providing fun celebrations at home for our Gala participants.

Although our event was not in-person this year, guests logged in to watch the live streamed pre-show. They learned to make balloon animals with Bullis parent Andrew Ross P ’26 of Great Kids Events, and watched Michael Rosman from the Bullis summer circus camp demonstrating juggling skills while riding a tricycle. Contortionist ShellyFLEX performed incredible acrobatic moves, and an entertaining video montage showed very imaginative student tryouts for circus acts. Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions was once again our enthusiastic auctioneer as the auction, which began virtually prior to the Gala, got going for the evening with silent and live auction bidding and our Raise the Paddle special feature.

With great appreciation, we thank our Gala Co-Chairs Melissa Hausfeld ’97, P ’27, ’29, ‘32 and Nikki Manoussos P’21, ‘31 for their hard work, organization, can-do attitude, leadership, energy, and Bullis spirit. We also are very grateful to Total Wine & More and David and June Trone, P ’12, ’14, for their generous support and sponsorships and Charo and Larry Abrams, P ’18, for helping to underwrite RSVP Catering. Last but never least, thanks go out to the entire community. From committee chairs to volunteers, vendors, donors, sponsors, attendees, and auction bidders—you all made this year’s Gala a huge success. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Bullis Gala 2021 Under the Big Top

Our annual Raise the Paddle feature during the live auction segment provides an opportunity for the community to support an important need at Bullis. This year, Raise the Paddle raised $67,605 to help underwrite Learning Support and College Counseling, two deserving programs doing great things at Bullis. Learning Support specialists work with students in all divisions, and student tutors help other students in our innovative Bullis Student Tutors program. In College Counseling, Upper School students receive expert support from Bullis college counselors who guide them every step of the way in finding the right college or university to meet their needs and interests. Thank you to everyone who raised a paddle to support these excellent programs.

Thanks to everyone who attended and generously bid on auction items, this was a memorable fundraising and “friendraising” event for our close community. We look forward to next year’s Gala and in-person upcoming events!


This article is featured in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Bullis Magazine.

  • Bullis Magazine
  • Gala
  • Spring/Summer 2021