Puttin’ on the Ritz at Rosarian Auction and Ball

2018 Puttin' on the Ritz at Rosarian Auction and Ball


March 16, 2018
For immediate release.
Media contact: Cara Hansen, Marketing Director

Photo ID:
001: Auction Chairs (L-R) Kathy Steele, Liz Yavinsky, Ali Rehm
002: Honorary Chairs Don & Marla Fountain
003: Incoming Head of School Linda Trethewey and husband Scott
004: Mortimer & Charlotte Curran
005: Greg & Julie Quattlebaum
006: Auctioneer for the seventeenth year Jim Arrigo and wife Margaret
007: Diane & Michael Perry
008: Jean & William Koeppel
009: Mark & Emanuela Marcello
010: Colleen Orrico & Matt Cohen
011: Ann-Britt & Christian Angle


The Rosarian Academy 39th Annual Auction and Ball, Puttin’ on the Ritz, took place Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Eau Palm Beach. Auction Chairs Ali Rehm, Kathy Steele, and Liz Yavinsky deviated from holding the event at The Breakers to something ‘eau’ so new. The Chairs and their committee executed one of the most successful fundraising events in the school’s history.
Over 230 guests partied like it was 1925, venturing back to the Roaring 20’s—a decade of prosperity. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929. Rosarian Academy was founded in 1925, right in the middle of this exciting time. Rosarian attendees celebrated the school’s rich, long-standing history and helped the local private school raise over $300,000 going directly to school operations to continue the prosperity that lies ahead.

While guests used smart phones and iPads to bid for silent auction items through BidPal for the fifth consecutive year, auctioneer and long-time supporter of Rosarian Academy, Jim Arrigo, led the live auction for the seventeenth year.

 As an independent school, Rosarian relies solely on donations and fundraising activities to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating students. Fundraising is the key to providing and bettering the robust “Rosarian experience” that ensures every child leaves the school with a foundation for future success in any career path.

Some of the underwriters who made the Auction possible include: Mr. & Mrs. Jim Arrigo, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Jordan, Mr. & Mrs. William Koch, Mr. & Mrs. Sean Lang, Ms. Danielle Hickox Moore, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Moore, and Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Smith.

The tradition of the Auction and Ball, the school’s largest annual fundraiser, is a well-loved and attended event by the Rosarian Academy community. The 40th Annual Auction and Ball will be held March 9, 2019, at the Eau. Leading the way in 2019 is Mary Damiano, Hayley Jarvi and Emanuela Marcello.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.  Complimentary bus service is available throughout Palm Beach County. For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561.345.3106.