The 2017 Queen Emma Ball & 150th Anniversary Celebration Raises Record-breaking $800,000

St. Andrew’s Schools raised more than $800,000 at the 2017 Queen Emma Ball – 150th Anniversary Celebration held on Friday, May 26, 2017 – the largest amount ever raised at the Queen Emma Ball in the school’s history!

The monumental gala kicked off a season of celebration for St. Andrew’s Schools’ 150th anniversary, commemorating the schools’ many years of actively engaging and educating students in a culture of care, love, and service where every child is known, challenged, understood, and empowered to strive for the highest!

Photos by Marco Garcia
Photos by Marco Garcia

“For the past 150 years we have been educating children to thrive by nurturing their unique skills and talents to become meaningful contributors to our community and society,” said Dr. Ruth R. Fletcher, head of school at St. Andrew’s Schools. “We are proud to honor our founder, Queen Emma Kāleleonālani, who was an extraordinary visionary of her time. Together with her husband, Kamehameha IV, she was an alii who created significant and impactful legacies in education, health and spirituality that are pillars in our society today. We thank our alumnae and the community for their outpouring of support and aloha and look forward to many more years of educating the children of Hawaiʻi.”

More than 480 guests gathered under the stars on the school’s campus in the heart of downtown Honolulu to enjoy performances by extraordinary talented St. Andrew’s students and delicious farm-to-table cuisine by Chef Mark Noguchi. Proud graduate, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa flew in from Washington DC especially for the event and inspired the crowd when she shared how her education at The Priory and the influence of Queen Emma’s legacy of leadership and care positively shaped her life.

During the event’s Ignite the Mission Matching Gifts Campaign, the gala made its goal of raising an additional $150,000 to match a gift of $150,000 given to the school in honor of its 150th anniversary. The resulting $300,000 will be used to develop a new campus master plan and begin the work on long-term campus improvements.

The campus master plan, debuting in fall 2017, will re-imagine current learning environments and actively create spaces designed to empower students and set the stage for transformational learning.