Family Weekend and Silent Auction
The 2006 Family Weekend and Silent Auction demonstrated, once again, the tremendous parent and family involvement at Pitzer College. Nearly 300 parents and family members participated in weekend festivities, the highest number of attendees to date. Parent volunteers were involved in many ways: from planning weekend activities, introducing faculty members during the Parent College classes, donating items to the auction, serving as auction table hosts and runners, and participating generously in the auction bidding. Family Weekend was a great success, largely due to the support of Pitzer parent and family members.
Family Weekend provided an opportunity for Pitzer families to enjoy a first-hand experience of life at the College and spend some quality time with their Pitzer student. Parents attended classes, took tours of the new residential building site, participated in discussions about the external studies experience, and witnessed a student senate meeting. Pitzer students added a tremendous amount of energy and content to the weekend. Students organized a movie event for families, arranged a student activities fair showcasing organizations on campus, led a tour of the Bernard Field Station and student artists shared songs and poetry at the Grove House. Student involvement helped make Family Weekend a particularly enjoyable event this year.
The 2nd Annual Silent Auction was a wonderful addition to the weekend festivities. In response to parents’ desire to raise more money toward scholarships, the Inaugural Silent Auction was held during Family Weekend in 2005. This year's auction for the Parent and Family Scholarship Fund raised $40,165 as compared with $22,625 last year. Susette Cheng ’07 and Edwin Gomez ’08 were chosen as the Parent and Family Scholarship recipients for the 2005-06 year as a result of last year's generous auction proceeds. This year, parents were determined to make the 2006 Silent Auction even more successful. Parent volunteers solicited gifts, bid generously at the auction and volunteered as auction staff. Students also offered their time and talents by selling raffle tickets, entertaining the crowd, and Matt Turzo ’06 acted as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Susette and Edwin shared personal accounts of the impact and importance of the scholarship.
The support and encouragement of parents and family members, at every level, enables Pitzer College to continually grow and thrive. Thank you.
Why We Give to the Parents Fund
“The Pitzer experience is extraordinary. We’re excited that Pitzer is recognized as a top liberal arts college and contributing to the Parents Fund is a significant way to help Pitzer continue to move forward. Parent gifts can help Pitzer when competing for grants, while also encouraging alumni and friends of the college to give to the school. By making a donation to the Parents Fund we invest in our children and future grandchildren in a meaningful way, and make a statement about the importance of our daughter’s education.”
— Daniel and Francine Scinto P’08
“When I consider the truly outstanding education my son, Neil, is receiving at Pitzer and the fact that tuition covers only a portion of the cost of that education, the decision to support the Parents Fund is a very easy decision to make. Pitzer is helping to bring out the best in my son. It is a special place with dedicated, committed professors and staff who are making a difference in my child’s life. That is why I give to the Parents Fund and why I serve as a volunteer to encourage other parents to do the same.”
— Paula Pretlow P’08
“We started giving to the Parents Fund after our daughter’s first year. We realized that Pitzer was everything we all had hoped a college could be, and more. The great variety of students, the passionate faculty, the ever-amazing and accessible President Trombley and the honest commitment to intercultural understanding and personal responsibility are not just blurbs from the catalogue. Pitzer is an educational institution with the courage to put great theories into practice. We feel we would all be better off with more of Pitzer in the world. And contributing to the Parents Fund is our way of helping make that happen.”
— Jon Scieszka and Jeri Hansen P’06