TKA Mane Event Is A ‘Star-Studded Premiere’

More than 250 friends and families of the King’s Academy came together on Saturday, March 1 for the school’s major fundraising event of the year.

The Mane Event, which raised more than $340,000, was led by co-chairs Michelle Collier, Lisa Gerardi and Dana Wilkerson, along with an amazing leadership team. The evening was a fun and lively culmination of months of dedicated planning, and the results are a tangible blessing to TKA’s students and programs.

This year’s event, titled a “Star-Studded Premiere,” was held under a chandelier-lit tent on the lawns of the National Croquet Center. Guests walked the red carpet lined with paparazzi and famous Hollywood characters. They enjoyed showing their support by bidding on more than 400 unique silent and live auction items, including family getaways, entertainment events, memorabilia and the wildly popular special project, Call to the Heart, which raised more than $30,000 to provide air conditioning on all TKA buses.

The annual event has raised more than $3 million over its 13-year history. All proceeds from the Mane Event support TKA’s annual fund, including need-based financial assistance, co-curricular programming, faculty development, facilities improvement and technology.

Special thanks to presenting sponsors Insurance Office of America, Regal Paint Centers, Revan Racing, the Equity Trust Company, the Maguire Family, Chuck and Ellen Hobbs, and a Friend of TKA.

The King’s Academy is a nationally recognized private Christian school serving approximately 1,200 students from preschool through 12th grade. More information is available online at

ABOVE: Lisa Gerardi, Ellen Hobbs, Dana Wilkerson and Michelle Collier.