2023 BASH: Parents And Faculty Celebrate “The Magic of TBS”


Head of School, Mr. David Faus, stands with BASH gala co-chairs, Matt Nihan, Christina Nihan, Lisa Glasband, and Eric Glasband. (Photo courtesy of The Benjamin School)

The BASH gala, held on Mar. 4, 2023, occurred at PGA National Resort and Spa. This annual fundraiser was attended by Benjamin parents, faculty, and community leaders. The theme of BASH this year was the Magic of TBS, highlighting how remarkable The Benjamin School and the people within it are. 

BASH, or Building a Scholastic Heritage, is Benjamin’s largest annual fundraiser, first held in 1985. This gala contains food, drinks, events, and entertainment. All money raised at this event is put towards furthering The Benjamin School budget and facilities. 

As the theme of this year’s BASH was magic, decorations, as well as entertainment, were over the top as well as full of classic tricks. Magicians and more made the night unforgettable and so much more enjoyable. 

A mother of multiple Benjamin students, Mrs. Shannon Smith, shared, “BASH had magic tricks, dancing, laughing, making new friends, and creating the best community for our families. The auctions were spectacular and very exciting.” 

As always, BASH held many silent auctions with various prizes. This helps the gala raise money as well as allows the guests to interact with BASH as well as each other in a fun way. For winners of the silent auction, there were many different rewards including a summer membership to the Breakers Hotel on Palm Beach Island. 

Benjamin parents participated excitedly in both a live and silent auction for various prizes. (Photo courtesy of The Benjamin School)

The 2023 BASH surpassed parents’ and attendees’ expectations with the funds raised and the number of people in attendance. The fundraiser was better than ever before, and everyone present was excited by meeting other members of the Benjamin family. 

“We had so many new faces and so much excitement in the room”, exclaimed Mrs. Smith, “We raised record-breaking funds for our school to support all areas to continue to make TBS the standard of excellence for schools”.   

All guests of BASH enjoyed the gala and being around fellow parents and faculty. Each attendee had a different favorite part that made the night special for them. Whether it was the food, magic shows, auction, or conversations, the night was memorable for parents. 

The Benjamin community dances the night away at the annual school fundraiser, BASH. (Photo Courtesy of The Benjamin School)

“BASH was fabulous this year. There was high energy and excitement throughout the evening. The highlights were the entertainment, the ability to mingle with parents, and the successful live auction”, said Mrs. Abbe Groffman. 

Mrs. Smith stated, “My favorite part of  BASH was seeing all of our community working together and making special memories to make the best possible school for all of the students.” 

Overall, the 2023 BASH showcased “The Magic of TBS” with events, entertainment, and dancing. Both parents and faculty had fun getting to know each other and talking about their love for The Benjamin School. The auction, magicians, and dancefloor kept guests entertained as well as involved in the gala. 

This year’s BASH was better than ever before while still keeping the traditions and well-known aspects of the gala that have happened since the start of this fundraiser. No matter what made this event the perfect night for the Benjamin community, it is apparent that everyone enjoyed showing their orange and blue appreciation as well as dancing the night away.