Basketball game, auction divides Country Day parents, faculty

It’s the opposite of a Hobson’s choice. Do you attend the biggest fund-raising event of the year, or do you cheer on the most successful basketball team in SCDS history? There’s no bad option.

Nevertheless, many members of the Country Day community are choosing to attend the latter – even the teachers.

“We planned on going to the auction initially, but we’ve been to the auction almost every year for 10 years,” Latin teacher Jane Batarseh said. “Never has Country Day been in the semi-divisional playoff.”

The auction, which will take place at the Sutter Club (1220 9th St.), starts at 5:30 pm on March 14. The Northern California Div. VI regional final against Paradise Adventist doesn’t begin until 8 p.m., which will give auction-goers the chance to bid in the silent auction and then race home to school if they want to do both.

However, the basketball game conflicts with the live auction (although there is an option to make an absentee bid) and a program to benefit Breakthrough, called “The Last Cavalier Standing.”

According to Julie Nelson, director of communications, 20-25 people have said they’ll leave the auction early in order to attend the game.

However, no parents who planned to attend the auction have said they will skip it entirely, Nelson said.

So while the overlap between the two events is inconvenient for those who want to enjoy the auction and support the boys, no one will be forced to miss out completely.

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