Auction 2014 – Vintage Verve Thanks! 

Another U Prep auction has come and gone, and the event was a huge success by all measures!  First and foremost, the 2014 “Vintage Verve” U Prep Auction was a fabulous party at the Four Seasons in celebration of all the great things that U Prep students, families, faculty and staff do and contribute as members of this community.

Second, the auction raised important funds in support of school activities and the Erica and Nason Hamlin Endowed Scholarship Fund, ensuring that Rainier Scholars will always have a place at U Prep!

“Vintage Verve” was in full display at every turn, from fabulous gowns to elegant suits, from whimsical hairstyles to one-of-a-kind neckties. 

Auction Chair Feliks Banel would like to express his gratitude to the talented and dedicated Auction Committee who planned, organized, and brought the theme to life; and to the fabulous school community who came, donated, and otherwise participated.  This year’s team of staff, volunteers, faculty, friends and family was a dedicated and talented group who never gave less than 110%, and the same could be said for everyone (and that’s a LOT of people!) who supported “Vintage Verve.”

Auctioneer Pat Cashman worked his gentle yet firmly persuasive charms on the crowd, helping raise a gross total of over $320,000. The proceeds will be used to support Parent Council activities and provide a boost to the school’s operating budget.  Of those funds, approximately $150,000 will be allocated towards this year’s Fund-A-Need (FAN), the Erica and Nason Hamlin Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was created to sustain the school’s continued growth and perpetuate our commitment to a culturally rich and diverse school community. Proceeds from this fund will benefit students in need of financial aid with first priority given to Rainier Scholars students. Donations will continue to be accepted for the Hamlin Endowed Scholarship Fund.  If you would like to add your support, please contact Paul Rudnick at or 206.832.1167.

We also want to thank our fantastic sponsors who make it possible to hold this event! Thank you to Silent Auction Sponsor Skanska and Supporting Sponsors AH&T Insurance, Conard Romano Architects, MartyK, Mithun, PSR Mechanical, and Siemens.

It takes a ton of verve to bring our auction to life, and an entire community to ensure its success.  The U Prep community can be proud of its support for our school, students, faculty and staff!