St. Francis School’s 2018 Imagine

Attention all art enthusiasts: St. Francis School, the School of Thought, will host its annual art auction and fundraiser on Oct. 27. Each year, the school alternates between two beloved fall galas. This fall, they are hosting Imagine downtown at the Omni Hotel. Next fall, they will host Our Good Earth – a farm-to-table dinner under a tent in the fields of their Goshen Campus. To find out more about this year’s fundraiser, we spoke with Director of Development Kim Hales.


All of the art in the Imagine Auction comes from professional artists. “We partner with local, regional and national artists to curate a wide variety of mediums, styles and price ranges that accommodates a range of art buyers,” explained Hale. “We do not ask artists to donate their work; instead, all artists set the minimum bid on their items and receive 50 percent of the sale price.

“In addition to the visual art, which will include paintings, photography, sculpture and glass, we also have a jewelry section with items designed by regional artists,” she continued.  “The live auction portion of the night includes a trip to a coastal Scottish cottage, a Disney vacation package, a commissioned portrait by artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco, a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle and a few other surprises. This event isn’t just for St. Francis parents and artists! We invite anyone interested in the arts or supporting scholarships for St. Francis students to join us.”


The auction is led by a committee of dedicated volunteers. “St. Francis parent Lee Middendorf and alumna Weasy MacLean are the co-chairs of the event,” Hale said. “The development staff works in conjunction with the committee, and many faculty and staff volunteer their time to help with different aspects of the event.”


“St. Francis School is committed to attracting a talented and diverse student body,” Hale said. “Our goal in providing financial aid and scholarships is to make a St. Francis education accessible to all who desire it and are academically deserving of it, as well as to have a student body that reflects the diverse population of Metro Louisville. Currently, over 50 percent of our students receive need-based aid and scholarships, totaling over $3.1 million. The Imagine auction generally raises over $150,000 for the scholarship fund.”


“Our mission is to cultivate a joyful, compassionate, intellectual community that celebrates individuality and inspires independent thinking for life,” said Hale. “St. Francis School is an independent school based on the century-old Progressive educational movement. Progressive schools are student-centered, community-service-minded, diverse, experiential and participatory.”


Donors can direct their gifts to any of the following areas:

• Greatest Need

• Scholarship & Financial Aid

• Athletics

• Faculty Support

• Performing & Fine Arts

The Fund for St. Francis is the way many supporters contribute to the school. Hale explained, “This is our annual fund and is what allows us to retain the best faculty, provide unique classroom experiences and have the most diverse student body of any independent school in the region.”  VT

St. Francis School’s Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser

6:30 p.m. Oct. 27

Omni Hotel