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The International School of Indiana community and its supporters celebrated the annual Travel Auction & Gala on March 9, 2019, uniting to raise a combined $175,000 in support of the ISI Annual Fund.

This year’s gala marked the 25th anniversary, and its theme was, appropriately, Silver Jubilee.

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“There is something special about an event that has been held annually since the school’s founding,” said Kristen Kaiser, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at ISI. “We took pause to acknowledge our  rich ISI history, but this year’s event was very much about celebrating our future and what is possible for ISI as we begin the next 25 years.”

That vision for the school’s future was outlined by new ISI Head of School, Ms. Elizabeth Head, attending her first Travel Auction. During a keynote address, she explained how distinct academics – universal full-time IB curriculum and language immersion classrooms in French, Mandarin, and Spanish – make ISI the region’s best school.

Ms. Head also emphasized the school’s renewed commitment to the regional business community by promoting global-mindedness in Central Indiana and supporting international talent recruitment to the region. 

Her remarks closed with an overview of the ONE Campaign that is being launched to unite the school’s campuses through the construction of a new Lower School building.

The success of the Silver Jubilee was made possible by contributions of time and talent, in-kind and monetary  donations of all types and sizes, and the numbers reveal a blossoming culture of philanthropy at ISI: 

  • $5,000 was the largest one-time donation at the event
  • $50 was the most common donation amount at the event
  • 28 event sponsors contributed a total of $83,000
  • More than 150 individual items were donated, creating 129 total auction packages including more than two dozen ISI Treasures, many that were unique experiences offered by ISI faculty and staff

In benefiting Annual Fund, the dollars raised through the gala create a vital pool of unrestricted dollars that provides us flexibility in meeting both the known and the unanticipated needs of our students and faculty each school year.

Silver Jubilee was also the first Travel Auction to be led by a graduate of ISI and nearly 40 alumni were in attendance, a sign of a maturing institution with a loyal and growing alumni network. 

“We’re thrilled to see alumni, like event committee co-chair Monica Morrissey, return to spearhead our signature fundraising event,” Kaiser said. “The pairing of  Monica and co-chair Carla Wimmersberger, parent of a recent ISI graduate and current 11th grade student, reflects the community we aspire to continually foster - a community that connects alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends with a shared commitment and passion for developing students who are ready for the world stage.”

ISI administrators and volunteers are already at work planning the next Travel Auction and Gala. Thanks to a competition at Silver Jubilee during which attendees voted for the next gala’s theme with $5 donations, we know the next event will celebrate ONE: Future in March 2020.

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