On March 11, approximately 250 guests attended one of Kokomo’s most unique annual events, the Acacia Academy’s Art in Bloom. The event, held at First Church of the Nazarene, raised just over $50,000 for Acacia’s student scholarship fund. 

The students, staff, and families of Acacia Academy would like to thank the many volunteers, donors, and sponsors for making this year’s Art in Bloom the most successful yet.

The following sponsors ensured that the event’s expenses were covered before the first bid was placed:

Allstate Insurance, Erik’s Chevrolet, Cone Palace, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Bennett & Jones Dental Care, First Farmers Bank, Hayes Advisory Group, North Central Indiana Podiatry, Kokomo Endodontics, Dimensions Inc., Baird Farms, Heartland Church, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz, Community First Bank, Indiana Heartland FCU, Everlasting Security, First Congregational Church, Creative Financial Designs, American Health Network, Saber Management Kentucky LLC, Poulard Leadership Consultants, Hearn Dentistry and Herbst Pharmacy.

Art in Bloom included a wonderful dinner prepared by Amy Black and her Main Occasions Catering, accented by rolls and cinnamon butter courtesy of Texas Roadhouse. Dessert consisted of an amazing assortment of cakes donated by J. Edwards Chocolates, Cakes, and Gifts.

Music for the event was provided by Acacia Academy’s own faculty members Joan White on violin and Sarah Haerr on the piano. Accenting the beautiful First Nazarene space were wonderful decorations created by Diana Rudd and friends, while original Art in Bloom artwork was designed by April Name.

Acacia alum Sara Hoshaw revealed how much of an impact the school has had on her life and education before delivering a beautiful and poignant prayer to set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Paul Wyman once again served as auctioneer and did his usual excellent job coaxing the guests into bids and providing comic relief throughout. Wyman even managed to get multiple guests to outbid themselves! 

An event of this scale requires a dedicated team of volunteers to be successful and Art in Bloom was blessed beyond measure in this regard. Our sincere gratitude goes to Event Chair Tony Earl for his enthusiasm, creativity, and determination to serve the students and families of Acacia. Sally Duke left no stone unturned seeking out a diverse slate of auction items. Sara Sullivan shepherded the auction set-up, ensuring every item was displayed for bidders to inspect.  Shirley Davis oversaw the entire culinary operation making sure the guests were fed and all dietary needs were met.  Mark Jones put an amazing amount of sweat equity into set-up and clean-up, and also handled online donations for Art in Bloom. Kim Earl made sure everyone was checked in as smoothly as possible while Monica Gremelspacher did the same with check out. Terri Sitzes oversaw the many students in the Kids’ Zone handling perhaps the most challenging of duties. Last, but never least, our own Lisa Taflinger handled all of the printing and mailing of invitations and programs, and recruited and supervised the team of servers. Acacia was once again blessed to have alumni and their families volunteer to serve the guests.

Finally, Acacia would like to thank all the local media who helped promote our event including the Kokomo Herald, the Kokomo Tribune, The Kokomo Perspective, Z92.5, and WWKI. An additional thank you to the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau for including us in their calendar.

Acacia Academy a nondenominational, classical, Christian school serving kindergarten through eighth grade students. Acacia Academy is in its eighth year of operation cultivating character, faith and knowledge and a life-long love of learning. We are currently enrolling students for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information regarding how classical Christian education can richly benefit your family, please call 765-457-5545 to schedule a tour or visit our website at www.AcaciaAcademy.org.

Rob Hoshaw
Head of School
Acacia Academy