Heritage Academy has held banquets in the past to help meet a need for the school.
Now, the school the has a new goal it wants to meet: its own place to call home.
Saturday night, the academy held its first Heritage Academy Gala: Raising A Generation For Christ at Lakewood Baptist Church.
The night featured dinner, live and silent auctions and guest speaker, Pam Tebow, mother of former NFL Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow.
All the money raised goes toward the academy’s goal of funding a new school, as well as other needs like supplies.
“In the past, we’ve had banquets and always had a local speaker, usually somebody who was really associated with the school already,” said Scott Sklenar, headmaster of Heritage Academy. “This is the first time we’ve had some one from the outside come and speak. It’s a great blessing to have Pam Tebow here.
“It’s a big night. We’ve been preparing for this for a while. We have a lot of parents that have volunteered. A lot of students came and helped set up here."
Tebow talked to the crowd about how she and husband Bob Tebow raised their children in faith. She also emphasized to love your children, and used Psalms 27 as a point of reference.
The Tebow connection was made through new Heritage Academy athletic director and former Atlanta Falcon Todd Weiner.
Weiner said it was a blessing to have Tebow speak, and that she had a lot of “great experiences” to share.
He said Saturday night’s event also offered a chance to show the success of Heritage’s academics.
Heritage is a University Model School, where some students go to school three days a week, then attend from home the other two days; or, some go to school two days, then spend three at home.
“We know it (UMS) works because we see the success of our students,” Weiner said. “That’s not an arrogance thing.
“When we see kids going to Georgia Tech, and our SAT scores are 1750 average, we have this confidence that we know we’re on the right path. We’re always striving to get better.”
Weiner also said Saturday night was a testimony to draw a big turnout for the 175-student school.
“We have been blessed to have rent space from facilities,” said Belinda Nowland, sixth-grade teacher at Heritage. “But it would be so nice to eventually have our own place, with our own land.
“I think the money we raised will be beneficial to the student body and help us as a school when we have our place.”