hrough more than seven years of active participation in the WT Parents Association (PA), Gretchen Busquets, mother of junior Marisa and freshman Talia, has shown how deeply she embodies the PA’s hallmarks of community, camaraderie, and commitment. She has served as a room parent, as the North Hills Campus division coordinator, and as the Parents Association President. And this year, Gretchen reprises her role as Chair of the WT Benefit —the school’s biennial fundraising event.

“I really enjoy being part of the school’s impact on students,” remarks Busquets. “Having a deeper relationship with the administrators and teachers as well as with the entire parent community gives me the unique opportunity to work towards the common goal of making WT the best place possible for kids to grow, learn, and prepare for their future.”

This year’s Benefit will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square. Past Benefits have attracted hundreds of people to celebrate and support the school’s work, and the 2015 Benefit, Pure Imagination raised more than $75,000. These funds are directed to the WT Fund which supports financial aid and specific programmatic needs not covered by tuition alone.

“Aside from the money that is raised, the spirit and camaraderie which come from the year-long planning process are infectious,” notes Busquets. “I couldn’t wait to jump back into a leadership role for this year’s event and once again feel that sense of being a part of something so much bigger than any one person. The whole community is buzzing with excitement for the event; it brings both campuses and all divisions together for an evening of WT spirit and pride.”

This year, Busquets hopes to extend the reach of the benefit and to involve as many WT families as possible. With the leadership of the committee chairs, Gretchen believes this will be the most far-reaching Benefit yet. All parents, alumnae/i, and friends of WT are invited to join the planning and to attend the event.

“Whether through the planning process or attending the event itself, I hope that we will have record participation and attendance. Everyone leads such busy lives, and sometimes it is difficult to find time or ways to connect with each other. I hope that this event provides a fun opportunity for all WT families to do just that.”

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Benefit, contact Gretchen Busquets at busquetsg@winchesterthurston.org.

2017 WT BENEFIT

Friday, March 10, 2017
Hard Rock Café
Station Square, Pittsburgh

winchesterthurston.org/benefit

COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Event Chair – Gretchen Busquets
Auction – Charlene Leeper
Food & Décor – MaryJean Rusak
Host Committee – Yolanda Frank
Sponsorship – Heather Brooks
Volunteer – Amy Weiner Caplan A’95