McKenna Praises, Appreciates All Who Made Tritonfest a Success

Aeva Ver Boort , Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

This year Tritonfest was a very big success.  Many people attended, ready to bid on some great prizes.  Tritonfest would not have been this successful without the parent volunteers, the student volunteers and the support of the administration and staff throughout school.

Compared to other years, this year went really well and the turnout was also very high with about 400 people in attendance, a bit down from last year’s 450.

One of the challenges of Tritonfest, according to the organizers, is the attendance.  But overall it turned out really nice, all thanks to the Tritonfest committee.

“They worked very hard to raise awareness of the event and educate everyone on how the funds are used,” said Mr. Geno McKenna, Director of Events and Alumni Relations, and the leading force behind the event.

There were many people involved in this amazing event, but there are also some specifics that need to be thanked.  The auction chairs were parents Kelly & Eric Witczak and Susan & Evan Lin. The Tritonfest committee who supported them were an amazing group.  In addition, about 50 student volunteers helped with set-up and at the event.

The Fund the Future Drive is where money goes towards scholarships and tuition assistance for students in need.  The goal was $41,000 and over $45,000 was donated in literally a matter of minutes (ten minutes).

“Bryce Kane was our speaker and he did an unbelievable job,” said McKenna, who says this part of the evening is his favorite.  He called Kane’s speech “heartfelt and persuasive.”

The live auction had some lively bidding that helped raise over $55,000 for that portion of the event.  Nine live auction items ranged from an exclusive trip to Mackinac Island to orthodontic braces to the ever-popular VIP parking pass.  The big seller was the Arcadia Bluffs golf trip that raised a lot of money while the Masters Golf Package raised $15,000.

School personnel, such as Development Coordinator Claire Teitz, are still working on the financials and money collection.  They hope to have the final results next week.

“It was a very successful night and I could not be more proud of the committee that made it happen,” said McKenna.