First Annual Maroon & White Party a "Knockout" Success
First Annual Maroon & White Party a "Knockout" Success

Decked out in their best maroon and white outfits, nearly 300 School parents, faculty and staff, administrators, board members, and alumni attended the 1st Annual Maroon & White Party in support of faculty professional development on Saturday, April 7.

Leading up to and during the event, the entire community was encouraged to participate in the online auction and raffles, bidding for prizes that ranged from Justin Timberlake and Zac Brown Band concert tickets to electronics, hand-made crafts, and much more. The auction also featured a large number of experiences and goods donated by faculty members, including being "Miss Monty" for a day, carpool karaoke with Head of School David Lourie, and voice lessons and tutoring, to name just a few. The majority of items were contributed or made by members of the School community, and Team Maroon and Team White – the same teams that form as part of the School's traditional field day - had a friendly competition over the amounts that were fundraised by members of each team and participation in the event by team members.

The party also featured very special guests School parent Marques Hagans and alumus Chris Long '04, who represented each team in a boxing-themed, knockout live paddle call that resulted in Team White taking the win! The overall amount raised by the event surpassed its goal, with all proceeds supporting faculty professional development through conferences, meetings, research, and more. To learn more about the work faculty members are doing, please visit the Presentations & Publications page.

The party was sponsored by the St. Anne's-Belfield School Parents' Association, Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting, Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates, Virginia Eagle Distributing, Spider Management, Virginia Tent Rental, Lauren W. Morris State Farm, and Ann Hay Hardy with Frank Hardy Sotheby's International Realty, as well as many individual sponsors at every level.

The event also included catering by Harvest Moon, DJ Patrick Critzer, and a MoxBox photo booth. Special thanks to event chairs Maia Bannan, Pam Edmonds, and Sterling Frank such an enjoyable inaugural event!

To see photos from the event, visit the School's SmugMug account. If you are interested in supporting this and other School initiatives, please visit

Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees, and auction participants!