Dinner and Diamonds 2015: It’s a wrap!

Larry and Pam Cochran, David Miceli

Larry and Pam Cochran, David Miceli


 By Pam Cochran, VHCSF board member and marketing chair

Dinner and Diamonds 2015 is officially one for the record books, with an unprecedented 600 tickets sold! While the last auction sales are being transacted and the final tally of funds raised is being determined, I’d like to share my top five reasons why Dinner and Diamonds is so awesome.

 Number 5: The venue

Each year, the hardworking Dinner and Diamonds Committee searches for a fun venue that’ll best accommodate our growing numbers. As D&D has grown– this marked our 9th year—the committee has had to broaden its search parameters. Regions Field banquet facility was an exciting venue, with an elegant setting inside offering room to mingle and the view of the impressive baseball field outside, where sponsors’ names flashed on the scoreboard throughout the evening. Plus, valet parking made entering and exiting a breeze.

 Number 4: The band

“Creativity” kept the evening hopping with finger-snapping tunes that were both dance-worthy and conversation-friendly. You could easily chat with your dinner companions, even while the band was in full swing.

 Number 3: The sponsorships                     

On behalf of our board, thank you to the many businesses and individuals who gave generously to Dinner and Diamonds 2015, and in turn to the Foundation. Check out all our sponsors here: SPONSORS

 Number 2: The auctions

From year to year, the silent and live auctions only get bigger and better, thanks to the numerous businesses and individuals who show their support for the Foundation and our schools by donating merchandise, services, travel packages, and many other items. (Personally, I was battling it out with two other bidders for a lovely bracelet, which I’m pleased to say came home with me. Thank you, Paul’s Diamond Center!)

 And the number 1 reason: The ticketholders

Dinner and Diamonds brings together parents of all ages, our board of education leaders, principals, teachers, state legislators, city leaders and local business people. And, while it’s a fun evening that many talk about for months to come, at the core of it all is one purpose: to help our schools. 

 Hope to see you at next year’s Dinner and Diamonds!

 Special thanks to Whit McGee for serving as Dinner and Diamonds’ official photographer. Check out Whitt’s photos of the event here: PHOTOS