Kristen & the Noise may have been the evening’s main attraction. But it was the Serviam Girls Academy students and alumni who took center stage at the school’s blockbuster annual Evening Under the Stars party and fundraiser on Friday at Greenville Country Club.
On a night with perfect weather and and under a beautifully-lit tent, six 8th graders and two Serviam alumnae joined the popular cover band on stage mid-way through the evening to deliver remarks about the benefits of sisterhood, school friendships, and the confidence they have developed since attending the all-girls academy.
“Without the confidence I have learned at Serviam, I might not have even stepped up onto this stage tonight,” remarked one student. The students and alumnae, who enjoyed the music as much as any adult, helped get the crowd going as Kristen & the Noise broke out into one hit after another. Serviam alum and high school seniors Amaya Nah, who will attend Wesley College in the fall, and Carmen Escobar, who will graduate from Padua Academy and attend Cabrini University, delivered polished remarks about the importance of Serviam in their lives and the difference that foundation made on their journey to college.
More than 330 supporters purchased tickets to the event, which featured delicious food, Motown and other hit music, and a raffle auction, which included tickets to Firefly and back stage passes to a Billy Joel concert in New York.
Serviam Girls Academy President Peggy Heins announced the kick-off of a 10-year anniversary celebration, which will begin in the fall, but first had some words for her guests of the moment. “A special thanks to all of you who are here and who have supported and helped organize this special evening. You helped bring a dream of a wonderful education to reality.”