Parents' Auxiliary Cooking Up Plans for Christmas Dinner

With Halloween over, retail outlets aren’t the only ones moving their eyes forward onto the next holiday. The Parents’ Auxiliary is excited for the annual December dinner, which almost 300 parents, students, alumni and staff enjoyed last year. The organizers have a few changes planned for this year’s traditional get-together.

“The objective is to build community between the three schools and between students, staff and families,” says Cathy Nixon, one of the event planners. “The goal is to bring everyone together.”

This year, the Parents’ Auxiliary hopes to have even more guests, and a greater variety among them. One way they hope to achieve this is by giving families the option to buy tickets for boarders, which will then be awarded to interested boarders through a draw. “Many of the boarders don’t have families in close proximity,” explains Ms. Nixon. They also plan to have a small giveaway for teachers, who often attend the dinner.

“We’re trying to make it fun, and create opportunities for people to meet,” says Ms. Dixon.

This is the first year the dinner will feature dancing and a DJ, as well as performances from some SMUS musicians. The popular silent auction will return and will include themed baskets put together by the Junior School students. The Parents’ Auxiliary is accepting donations for the auction, as well as other support.

“We’re looking for lots of volunteer involvement,” says Ms. Dixon. The organizers are also hoping for some volunteers to help with set-up and take-down for the event. The event will be catered by Sodexho, who wowed guests with their meals last year. “They did a terrific job,” says Ms. Dixon. “People really loved the food.”

The dinner will be held on December 1, but eager attendees will have to wait a couple weeks to book their seats. Attendees can reserve tables of up to ten and pre-purchase their wine. “Dinner, wonderful food, and dancing,” says Ms. Dixon. “It should be a wonderful time.”

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