Heart of Gold Gala Recognizes Faculty as "The Gold Standard" of Education
The Heritage Hall Board of Trustees hosted more than 500 guests for its annual gala fundraising event and auction on Saturday, April 6 at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
Chaired by Heritage Hall alumni, Brian Bogert ’95, Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96, and Heather Verity Showalter ’95, Gala 2019: Heart of Gold recognized Heritage Hall’s teachers as the “heart of the school,” while commemorating the school’s “golden” anniversary. The independent school, founded in 1969, is observing its 50th year of operation with several events scheduled throughout 2019.
Heritage Hall alumna and ABC News anchor Erielle Reshef ’01 emceed the Heart of Gold event. In addressing the audience, Reshef confided, “I still get butterflies as I head out to the set for Good Morning America, prep for a live shot for World News, or emcee a big event, but nothing is more anxiety-producing than standing in a room packed with my Heritage Hall family, hoping I make you proud and do justice on the teachers’ big night!”
Following a seated dinner, silent and live auctions, the celebration continued well into the evening with “Party on the Moon,” a 13-piece band from Atlanta.
Net proceeds from the resoundingly successful event will benefit the School’s faculty through a Master Teacher Endowment and other faculty enrichment which allow the school to attract and retain exceptional teachers. Heart of Gold was also supported by grand benefactors Cory and David Le Norman, Shelley and Leland Welker, Anna and Wes Welker ’00, and Sarah Holder Welker ’97 and Lee Welker ’95. The School will observe its 50th anniversary this fall with a three-day celebration and all-school reunion from September 5-7, 2019. Current and past Heritage Hall patrons and grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the school are encouraged to attend. Event details are available at heritagehall.com/HH50.
Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.