Denim and Diamonds:
Fact or Fiction
1. The Brescia Ball is the school's largest fundraising event.
FACT: This event has always raised critical funds for the school. In past years, funds have been used to purchase smart boards and remodel the school locker rooms, library and front foyer and to support the scholarship program at Ursuline. Once again, all money raised will be used to support Ursuline's exceptional educational experience for our students.
2. The Brescia Ball is a formal ball with dancing.
FICTION: Formal, no! Dancing, maybe! To go along with our country theme, we will have live bluegrass music by "Four Bridges" at our event, so feel free to kick up your heels while you are here. Is dancing not your thing? No worries, we will have lots of comfortable areas for conversation, along with good food, signature drinks and a great silent auction. By the way, the Brescia Ball was named for Brescia, Italy, the hometown of the Ursuline foundress, Saint Angela Merici.
3. I can participate even if I can't attend the event.
FACT: While we hope you can attend and join in on the fun, we understand sometimes things come up. If you're unable to come to the event, you're welcome to use our mobile bidding site for a chance to get some great items from our auction! Students will be bringing home raffle tickets next month to support the event as well - we have three cash prizes totaling $2,500.
4. I should be prepared to have my wallet disappear.
FICTION: While the Brescia Ball is a fundraiser, it is also an opportunity to build community! You will be able to bid on some great silent auction items and participate in a "mystery wine" pull, but there is never any pressure to spend money.
5. I don't know any other parents, so I won't have fun.
FICTION: The Brescia Ball draws a crowd of alumnae, current parents, parents of alumnae, faculty, and friends. This year, we honor our students, the diamonds in our midst - a cause close to all of our hearts. And while it's fun to go with a group, there is no assigned seating this year, and the atmosphere will be casual and fun, so it will be easy to mingle and meet new Ursuline friends.
6. I can donate items to this event.
FACT: Great items are always needed and are appreciated! We are always in need of restaurant gift cards ($50), coffee and fast food gift cards ($25), museum and sightseeing experiences, and physical items for our silent auction. Is there something on our wish list you might be willing to purchase and donate?
7. I have to wear expensive cowboy boots.
FICTION: Our Denim and Diamonds theme covers all the bases and everyone will fit in. Women can wear cocktail attire, fancy jeans and some bling, heels, boots or flats, and accessories to your own taste. Men can wear a jacket or no jacket, hat or no hat, tie or no tie. Have fun with the theme, but we want you to feel good sporting your own style.
8. There won't be any items that I will like.
FICTION: There are a variety of great items this year, sure to please everyone in the crowd. As usual, we'll have limited edition Ursuline "buy it now" items just in time for the holidays. Our silent auction and premium board will be filled with sports tickets, entertainment and sightseeing experiences, front row seats for graduation, vacation getaways and more. Remember, all proceeds are tax-deductible and benefit the young women of Ursuline!
9. There are lots of ways to get involved.
FACT: Best way? Buy a ticket! They are on sale now and our early bird discount lasts until October 1st. Want to volunteer? Click here to see volunteer opportunities.
10. I've been to so many of these types of fundraisers before.
It must be boring.
FICTION: This year we are excited to bring the event to campus, transforming the Reynolds Center for Denim and Diamonds. With the venue, the food, the music and the awesomely fun guests, it CAN'T be boring.