Atlanta Youth Academy, an independent school in southeast Atlanta, will host its 15th annual Benefit Auction Sunday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Mason Fine Art.

For the 15th year, the school’s students will open the doors to welcome community members as they gather for an afternoon of auctioning and mingling to support its mission to provide a Christ-centered education.

“The Benefit Auction has raised the bar year after year to support our amazing school as it grows in size and scope,” Sivan Hines, the event’s founder and 2018 chair, said in a news release.

Every dollar raised has funded important programs at the school, with last year’s Benefit Auction raising more than $215,000 and generating total proceeds of more than $1.2 million since its founding. Auction proceeds are part of the school’s comprehensive campaign 2020 that was launched last year — celebrating 20 years of providing transformational education by raising $20 million within five years.

Auction items include such as fine art by local and nationally known artists, jewelry, vacation-home stays, exclusive chef-hosted dinners, tickets to sporting and theater events and restaurant and spa gift certificates.

This year’s premier items include a one-of-a-kind Heisman Trophy football signed by 20 winners of the prestigious award in a custom glass-enclosed case; tickets to the sold-out Broadway hit “Hamilton” with a backstage tour; an Atlanta Falcons souvenir football signed by running back Devonta Freeman and Harlem Globetrotters bench experience seats that include seats on the bench with the players, backstage passes, a meet-and-greet with the players, a replica jersey and a tour.

The school provides an academically rigorous, Christian education for urban children and youth whose families believe in the importance of education but who do not have access, either financially or geographically, to excellent private schools. At the academy, students are prepared to succeed as learners and thinkers, as action-oriented leaders, and as persons of moral character and spiritual strength. While all families pay tuition at some level, the school must raise more than 80 percent of the cost to educate each child. Graduates go on to top day and boarding schools in Atlanta and around the country, and 100 percent of its alumni have graduated from high school.

The event is open to the public. Mason Fine Art is located at 415 Plasters Ave. in Atlanta. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance via https://501auctions.com/atlantayouthacademy or at the door on the day of the event. Online bidding is already open even for those who are unable to attend. A complete auction catalogue is available at https://501auctions.com/atlantayouthacademy.

For more information about the school, visit www.atlantayouthacademy.com.

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