Awty Notes




Welcome to the February issue of ACCENT. Inside this issue, Awty's 2016 Gala, C'est Paris, is in the spotlight as we near the date for this exciting event. The annual gala is the school's largest fundraising event and we hope you all will join us as we travel to Paris to celebrate the magnificent City of Lights! Also featured in this issue are the school's new full-time employees, news around campus, and success stories amongst the faculty and student body. 








The magic of Paris awaits you at The Awty International School's 2016 Gala C'est ParisPurchase your tickets today and travel on board Awty Air Flight 1956, destination Paris, to experience a night in the magnificent City of Lights.  Our wonderful team of gala volunteers will transform the Hilton Americas’ grand ballroom into a display of captivating beauty, elegance, and sophistication. Paris... need we say more?

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, guests will gather at the Hilton Americas for a night of fine dining, live entertainment, and dancing.  Already, our guests are eagerly anticipating the live auction where they will bid for exciting items including trips to exotic destinations and professional sports packages. In addition to the live auction, we will also feature an online silent auction attracting over 1,500 online bids. Of course, the night will bring to you one of the most sophisticated and diverse offerings, Awty’s popular Sociable events.  All of this for you! We invite you to partner with us to help us reach our goal of $500,000. Please help us make the C’est Paris Gala a smashing success!  All gala proceeds are invested directly into the school to support student programming, scholarships, and faculty and staff enrichment, which will be a featured during Paddles Up at the 2016 Awty Gala.

Here is a more detailed description of what we have in store for you as we join forces to celebrate Paris!


The silent auction opens online at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, and is sure to tempt you with its unique and diverse offerings including summer internships for Upper School students, lavish Houston experiences, premier seats to sporting events and artistic performances, Texas getaways, lush spa treatments, kid’s items, parties just for adults, and so much more!  You do not want to miss the opportunity to take home one of these packages.


Available only during the online auction, these events are quickly becoming runaway hits with our students.  Your children’s favorite teachers from all levels at Awty are offering opportunities to spend time with them outside of the classroom.  Of special interest are cooking classes with Ms. Case and Ms. Olga, an outing at the Houston Zoo with Mrs. Frommert and Mrs. Sload, an ice skating party with Ms. Hickock, pottery and pizza with Mrs. Herendeen, Mrs. Froelich, and Mrs. Lassiter, and much, much more!


Awty Sociables are one of the highlights of our gala season. These unique and fine dining events, which are designed, planned, and generously donated by fellow Awty families, are generally only available the night of the gala.  Reserve your spot for the Wine Divas, a perennial favorite!  Try one of the newer offerings like An Evening in Qatar, Argentina: On Fire, or Recipe for Success.  Don’t forget to sign up for the Sociables Premiere An Evening of Art and Life hosted by Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston, and his lovely wife, Jane.  Click here to sign up for this Sociables Premiere now.


Look for the “Gift Shop” outside the Louvre for those little items that you just can't live without such as a trip to Deer Valley, Utah, or Provence.  Want courtside seats at the Rockets?  We have it all and more, and it is waiting for you!


Our auction features fabulous trips and unique experiences that will transport you across the country and around the world, including Vail, Mallorca, Italy, France, Santa Fe, Perú, Mexico, Grand Cayman, and San Diego, plus special opportunities right here in Houston with the Houston Texans and a private dinner at Houston’s renowned Triniti Restaurant.  These are items not to be missed!

If that is not enough, there is even more! BUT, you will have to join us on March 12, 2016, to find out!


The 2016 Awty Gala Committee and Chairs would like to thank the volunteers, sponsors, underwriters, sociable donors, and auction donors for their support.  We simply could not do this without you!


Upcoming Events:

February 22
In-Service Day for All Faculty - No School for Students

February 25
Gala Online Silent Auction Opens at 10:00 a.m.

February 26
Go Texan Day!

February 29 - March 4
Teacher Appreciation Week

March 2016
Fine Arts Month

March 2-4
Book Fair

March 12
Awty's 2016 Gala, C'est Paris

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Accent Contributors:

Lucas Anderson
Martha Bawara
Tom Beuscher
Mathis Boutin
Lamis Boz
Arlene Carré
Philippe Carré
Paul Chaguine
Christine Chourré
Lisa Darling
Don Davis
Rob Dee
Tzu Hui Dequin
Deborah Drummer
Chantal Duke
Richard Durst
Mercedes Fernandez-Asenjo
Fanny Franchitti
Houda Grand
Tristan Houy
John Hoye
Donka Ivanova
Becky Johnson
Anaelle Lahitte-Croharé
Lauren Linn
Javi Marin
Jorge Marquez
Karen Martinez
Kevin McTernan
Colette McWilliams
Leo Mose
Carol Nash
Paul Novoa-Gueneau
Chantel Olufsen
Jiayao Pang
Jason Peguero
Tanguy Pomarède
Alesandro Reyes
Nicole Sax
Barbara Schmidt
Patricia Seller-Wolff
Robert Sload
Joanna Strachan
Sina Thompson
Anton Truong
Sean von Felden
Greg Walsh
Lisa Wolff

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