Hyde-Addison Step Up + Get Down fundraiser nets $70,000

Photo by Executive Office of the Mayor
Hyde-Addison students at an event with Mayor Adrian Fenty last year
Hyde-Addison students at an event with Mayor Adrian Fenty last year
Parents, faculty and supporters of Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Georgetown held their annual auction and dance party amidst a dazzling array of donated items and class projects created by the students decorating the room, raising over $70,000 to expand the school's edible garden, support excellence in teaching, and nurture healthy minds and bodies.

Some of the attractive and well dressed group at the Four Seasons hotel Friday night were having a hard time recognizing each other without their usual chargés in tow and out of their daily playground attire.  But the event, called Step Up + Get Down, quickly brought everyone together for a night of relaxed fun and huge support for the school.

Friends and supporters of Hyde included Washington Fine Properties'  Nancy Taylor Bubes and Jamie Peva, and TD Bank as well as the Four Seasons.  The silent auction included jewelry, artwork and home items donated by the likes of Proper Topper, The Phoenix, Keith Lipert Gallery and many others. Signed copies of books by local authors and radio and television personalities went like hotcakes.  Also on the block were the ever popular "date with a teacher" items that included kayaking, zoo trips and book store lunch outings with your favorite teacher as well as "Principal for a Day" and "School Nurse for a Day."  The "Buy it Now" option was  exercised by the lucky winner of "Peter and his Swedish Pancakes," an international treat accompanied by strumming of Swedish guitar songs.

The live auction is a high point in the evening, in part due to the fabulous vacation homes in Brazil, the Outer Banks and horse country (to name a few) donated by the Hyde community and largely due to Curtis Alexander (otherwise known to one and all as "Mr. C" ).  Games Coordinator by day, Mr. C has a not-so-hidden talent by night as Auctioneer Extraordinaire - cajoling, joking and even singing the money from the pockets of the crowd as he extols the virtues of the various class projects, behind the scenes tours and the aforementioned vacation destinations.

Bidding was fierce by parents coveting their child's class projects which included incredibly creative and one of a kind books, videos and hand-painted home goods.  The stated value for each of these was, of course, "priceless."

Like last year's event at the Swedish Embassy, the auction will provide much needed funds for enriching Hyde's edible garden and math programs as well as other initiatives for healthy minds and bodies.  As the auction ended and the music started, couples took to the dance floor. The mood was ebullient as parents relaxed and laughed, knowing that it was as Mr. C had already proclaimed, "all for the children."

Hyde-Addison is one of the most diverse schools in the District, serving 250 students from many racial, economic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds in the heart of Georgetown.