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Blue & White Unite 2016
Recap & Impact
April 1, 2016 was a spectacular evening for Academy friends and family to re-unite on campus. Greeted by seven Academy cadets in blue uniform, 311 guests shared their memories about the 130-year-old school and what The Academy has meant for them, their families and for the San Antonio community. Joseph Shields, Class of ’05, opened the gala with remarks about his grandfather attending San Antonio Academy. The 2nd annual Blue & White Unite is an event where parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, alumni, faculty and friends come together to celebrate the values and traditions that will keep San Antonio Academy strong for another 130 years.
David Ramos of AV Source transformed the gym into an elegant gathering space with lights strung across the ceiling like stars in the evening sky. Over 150 businesses and individuals contributed fabulous live and silent auction items. Tom “T Bone” Bounds and Mike Osterhage had the crowd rolling in laughter during the live auction and kept their spirits high for SAA. Guests enjoyed live piano music played by 5 Academy cadets, and read the stories of 28 ordinary Academy alumni, living their best and most extraordinary lives. A touching tribute to the Advisory Council featuring Red McCombs, Tom Frost and Edith McAllister was featured to honor the Council’s nearly 30 years of service to SAA. Personalized event programs with photographs and stories from yearbooks covering moments in time over SAA’s 130 year history gave guests something to chat about as they walked down memory lane. The stories reminded us how much “everything changes” and “nothing changes” – all at the same time.
Event Chairs, Gi & Carlos Morales and Shannon & Sam Davis, lovingly created an evening of memories, camaraderie and future-thinking for a school that works diligently at helping young boys grow up to be men of character who make a difference in the world.