Starry Night 2018

Marymount of Santa Barbara – Starry Night Benefit Auction 

The newly renovated ballroom at The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Hotel was aglow on Saturday, May 19th with twinkling stars and shimmering shades of the moonlit sky, setting the scene for a celestial experience worthy of celebrating another exceptional year at Marymount of Santa Barbara, one that was keenly focused on “creating wonder” in local young people. 

Current and past parents, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered as a committed community to raise critical funds to benefit operations, scholarships, and upcoming capital projects as well as to honor departing Head of School Andrew Wooden in a heartfelt dedication celebrating “the indelible mark he has left on Marymount” over the past seven years. Board of Trustees President Kirk Borchardt honored Mr. Wooden in a special greeting to guests and highlighted the unique opportunities Marymount offers local students, “The individual development and emotional growth obtained through a Marymount education serves as a launch pad for future academic and personal growth. We see that every year as our graduates assume leading positions and gain admittance to the highest programs at the next levels. Beyond that, however, our students graduate from Marymount with a genuine sense of love for their school, their teachers, and their fellow graduates.” 

Starry Night guests mingled and bid on an impressive variety of silent auction items while enjoying elegant appetizers, Jaffurs wines, and the evening’s signature cocktail, Mr. Wooden’s Cosmic Cosmo – a chic martini with strained blackberries, gold sugar rim, and gold dusted blackberries. A themed dinner delighted guests, featuring special celestial touches including dragon and starfruit and star anise garnish.

Following an introduction by Mr. Wooden, Starry Night Chair Theresa Borgatello greeted and gathered guests for the program with inspirational words that set the tone for a special evening. Kirk Borchardt then led a special presentation honoring Mr. Wooden’s service to the school. Head of School Andrew Wooden and his wife Molly were feted in glowing remembrances as this will be their last year at the helm of Marymount School. Many things were accomplished under Mr. Wooden such as the campus was revamped and the number of students was increased to its maximum. He remarked, “We are preparing bright, confident, and caring young people for the next adventures of their lives.” Kirk Borchardt leaves the Board of Directors after nine years, a place where he said, “There is a palpable sense of camaraderie.” 

Master of Ceremonies Derek Carlson led guests through a rousing live auction with Auctioneer Todd Ventura. Following the live auction items, this year’s paddle raise, focused on the renovation of Marymount’s lower field, play and sports space, lunch area, and “front door”, raised $170,000.  Overall, Starry Night raised over $430,000 in support of Marymount.

Event Chair Theresa Borgatello and Development Chair Nikki Greene were inspirational leaders for this year’s fundraising efforts on behalf of the school, bringing together one of the most successful benefits to date with Marymount’s dedicated Development Team – Director of Development Andrea McFarling and her associate Alexandra Dunn. They were joined by the heartfelt efforts of a supporting committee of approximately 50 committee members who joined event leadership in crafting a dazzling and dramatic evening to honor and support the school’s mission and objectives.

The event was graciously sponsored and attended by the tight-knit community of Marymount supporters.

Peter Douglas

Big Dipper
Andy & Kim Busch and Brett Matthews & Ginger Salazar
The Eiler Family
The Iannelli Family
MarBorg Industries
The Storment Family

Little Dipper
Larame & Nikki Greene
John-Michael & Helen Lind
Pacific Premiere Bank
The Parris Robinson Family
Thomas & Charmaine Rogers
Skyeline Construction and The Green, Drabik & Goertz, Hogan & Sadeghian, LeBeau, McGinnes & Ladjelate, and Roth Families
Timm Development

Travis & Lara Logue – Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell, LLP
Mosher Foundation
Nathan & Peggy Rogers
Vijay & Megan Sharma

Amrep Inc.
Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP
Kirk & CeCe Borchardt
Brian Wilson Physical Therapy
Paul & Solange Burns
Ned & Hilary Doubleday
Robert & Christine Emmons 
John, Jan & Erin Gomez
TKG Financial
Truly Great Homes – Hoidal Family

For additional information, please contact Andrea McFarling, Director of Development, at (805) 569-1811, ext. 234 or

Mark Your Calendar for Marymount Auction 2019 – Saturday, April 27, 2019



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