Big Night 2022: Let's Talk about Growing Together

Hello Near North community! I’m Dawn Poole, and I am excited to be taking over the NNM blog today! This is our 5th year at the school and my 3rd year serving as the chair of Big Night. Big Night truly is Near North’s biggest night of the year, and I am SO excited to be back in person this year for the big event on May 6, 2022. Mark your calendars and book a babysitter for a fun night out!

Big Night is NNM’s largest fundraising event that raises critical dollars for the Scholarship Program. Each year, we come together as a community, enjoy a great party, bid on extraordinary items and experiences, and, most importantly, raise money to support the 15% of our deserving students who need financial support. We ask every family to participate in some way because only together can we ensure that all families have an equitable experience here at Near North.

Planning this event has been so different. My first year was really about learning what had been done in the past, keeping some old traditions alive while bringing a few new touches to the event. Then, just when we felt we had it down and were ready for year 2, well… you’ve all been living through the past few years… so we created a totally new version of Big Night.

If you were here last year, I hope you’ll agree that we pulled off an incredible, inspiring, and fun program…even if the “party” was virtual and you attended from your living room (bright side → sweatpants!). Most importantly, this community showed up in a BIG way to support scholarship — I was seriously blown away by the generosity of our community.

This year, we have a creative and active committee working hard to plan a beautiful event at a new-to-us venue, Revel Motor Row (thanks, Britt!!). We’ve already secured some amazing sponsors and silent auction items, and we have a few surprises planned for the event!

While we don’t talk about Bruno (haha), I do want to talk about Growing Together. At Near North, we’ve planted the seeds of community, watched friendships sprout, and our children blossom (you can blame my husband for all these horrible puns). Since we will be back together in person again for Big Night, we are excited to center the event around our theme of Growing Together. Shoot, I definitely missed an opportunity to throw in “love grows” somewhere in there! (It’s my four-year-old’s favorite song…)

I love Big Night, as it’s the one night for our whole (adult) community to come together to celebrate the mission of the school and support all our families (and it’s a really great party!). It’s such an important part of our community culture — and there are a lot of ways to be involved! 

Now that you see how awesome this event is, are you wondering how you can help? Here are a few ways:

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or ideas to share, and I will hopefully see you on May 6! 

Dawn at Big Night 2021
Dawn at Big Night 2020