The 14th Annual Crystal Ball, â€œCirQue De La Salleâ€ was held on April 12 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Crystal Ball Chairs, Pamela Jacques Pâ€™13 and Hillary Sanchez Pâ€™14, chose the theme that is self-described as a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.
Pamela says, â€œWe wanted something different than anything else we had seen in the past and something that would create great energy and fun. Guests enjoyed an evening of wonder and charm in celebration of those in the Lasallian community who help create the La Salle experience through their generosity. CirQue De La Salle was engulfed in bright colors of pinks, oranges, purples, blues and greens as guests dined at tables beautifully adorned with white feather bouquets and draped in multiple vibrant hues, as well as watching performances by contortionists, acrobats, and aerial silk artists.
The night was filled with the thrill of pursuit with bidding on several dozen items during the live, super silent, and silent auctions. The RÃªvez Grand (Dream Big) Auction items included tickets and dinner at the LA Phil, hockey tickets for the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Dodgers tickets, Adventures to Sea World, a trip to Augusta, Georgia to attend the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, and â€œI Dreamed of Africaâ€ photo safari, just to name of few. Aside from the auctions, there was also an Opportunity Drawing where people had the chance to win a trip for two for a 7-night stay in Hawaiâ€™i, an iPad or four Disney Park Hopper passes.
Over 300 guests came to congratulate this yearâ€™s Crystal Ball honorees Cristi and Steve Seidner Pâ€™09, â€™12. Cristi and Steve were selected as the recipients for the 2013 Lasallian Volunteer Award. The spirit of volunteerism runs deep in the Seidner family. They have volunteered for many places and organizations that included Foothill Unity Center, Maryvaleâ€™s â€œShop for the Girls at Christmasâ€ program, synagogues, Anita Oaks School, Barnhart School, La Salleâ€™s Parent Association, Technology Fundraising Committee, and especially the Crystal Ball. â€œThey have been untiring in their commitment to support their childrenâ€™s high school â€“ even after they have graduated,â€ says Dr. Richard Gray, President.
â€œThe Crystal Ball is truly a team effort. All the amazing parent volunteers, La Salle staff, and local businesses play such an integral role in the success of the Crystal Ball. Iâ€™m truly thankful to our amazing committee, especially Co-Chair Hillary Sanchez. I couldnâ€™t have done it without her,â€ says Pamela.
The Crystal Ball is La Salleâ€™s largest fundraiser of the year that allows everyone an opportunity to come together and support La Salleâ€™s programs and activities that the School provides to the students.