Sold Out BBA Gala Celebrates Education for All

Manchester, VT, June 5, 2019 -- On Friday, May 24, Burr and Burton Academy’s Parent Association hosted a capacity crowd of more than 250 in the Trillium Ballroom at Taconic for the school’s annual fundraising gala.

Based on BBA’s theme of Kaizen: Cultivating Change for Good, and featuring live and online auctions as well as a special call from headmaster Mark Tashjian for support of BBA’s renowned ACCESS program, the event raised approximately $250,000, with contributions still coming in.

“It’s incredibly humbling to see how this community turns out to support Burr and Burton -- and how BBA and the community contribute to each other’s well being,” said Tashjian.

Every year, the Gala features a “cash call” for support of a particular program; this year, Tashjian highlighted the ACCESS program, which provides highly specialized education to students with severe learning issues. With work soon to begin on a new academic building to be sited behind the iconic Seminary Building, Tashjian called for funds to relocate the ACCESS program to what will become the heart of BBA’s campus. In five minutes, managed by auctioneer Eric Nathan, the pledge total reached $130,000.

“Students, alumni, parents, local businesses, friends -- friends of friends even -- all of these people turn out to support and endorse what we’re doing here at this school, serving every single student who comes through our doors,” Tashjian continued. “If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.”

Students and faculty featured prominently in the program, with special live performances by student musicians and the chorus of the spring musical, “The All Night Strut,” and an exciting preview of the student filmmaking talent that will be on display at the Gawlik Awards, BBA’s answer to the Oscars, on Wednesday night.

The evening also serves to recognize and celebrate the supporters, volunteers, and advocates who make the many program offerings at Burr and Burton Academy possible.

Sponsors for this year’s gala included, but were not limited to, Taconic, Hoa and Orland Campbell, Crabtree’s Colonial Toyota of Milford CT, Express Copy, Inc., Eric Nathan Auction & Real Estate, Inc., Same Sun of Vermont, Above All Vermont/Hogback Mountain Gift Shop, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Guaranteed Rate, High-Tech Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Langway Chevrolet VW of Manchester, Polar Beverages, Inc., Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and Zippy Chicks.

For more information about Burr and Burton Academy please visit the website at or contact Director of Advancement Kate Leach at or 802-549-8201.

Pictured are BBA student volunteers who welcomed, helped and hosted during the evening.


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Phone: 802.362.1775, Fax: 802.362.0574