Visitation Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, hosted its 48th Annual Safari Dinner and Auction on Feb. 29 at the school's Marion Gym. The event hosted over 300 parents and friends of the academy. The event consisted of a happy hour, dinner, auction, live music and presentations by faculty and students.
"As the school’s biggest annual fundraiser, Safari supports the school in a variety of ways that empower young women to become the very best version of themselves," said event chairperson Allie Zumwalt.
This year, the fundraiser broke records for money raised during the dinner and auction. Proceeds from the event benefit the students by providing significant funding to the school's operational budget and endowment fund, which allow the school to continue furthering academic excellence in a spiritual environment.
"When you walk into Viz, you realize immediately that the directive of founder St. Francis de Sales, 'Be who you are and be that well,' is more than just words," Zumwalt said. "It is a mantra that guides everything the school does. As a parent of a Visitation Academy student, this really resonates with me and is one of the reasons I got involved in the planning of the Safari Dinner and Auction."