The Teen Awareness Group hosted its semi-annual gala on March 7, raising over $10,000. The gala aimed to raise awareness about TAG’s message and financially support itself by having student speakers and a silent auction.
Parents of TAG members, as well as community members, were invited to attend the event, which was held at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk.
“What’s great about this event is we are getting to talk to people,” Jack Norman ’17, TAG co-president, said. “We are getting to tell people why TAG is so important, and because of that, people are so generous in their donations and in participating in the auction.”
Auction items ranged from personalized college vans to restaurant gift cards to Knicks games and Seth Meyers tickets.
“All of the members in TAG, including the two presidents and the advisors, all donated something we could find or pay for ourselves,” Claire Lonergan ’17, a board member on TAG, said.
When not rotating around the silent auction tables, family and friends were invited to listen to student speakers present on mental illness, driving under the influence and the importance of positive police-youth relationships. TAG also showed a short self-produced documentary featuring interviews with its members.
Norman, who has been a member of TAG all four years of high school, hoped the event would help financially support the club long after he’s graduated.
“The last time TAG held this kind of event was my freshman year, and we are still working off of the money we raised then,” he said. “I am hoping that Lauren and I can leave a legacy that financially supports tag for the next four years.
Norman later emphasized how much he appreciates the event’s ability to spread awareness about TAG’s message and events throughout the year.
“This is more than just a club or community service,” he said. “It is a group of students that are truly passionate in the message we are sending, and I think it’s important for the community to see that.”