That’s amore! NHS hopes Knight at Nepean event will raise $16K

By Andrea Tomkins –

One night a year, Nepean High School parent council hosts a special fundraiser called Knight at Nepean. Without it, many programs wouldn’t get the funding they need.

Knight at Nepean is an adult-only evening that takes place at Nepean High School and includes dinner, a cash bar, and a silent auction.

“It’s a really wonderful community event,” says Jackie Barwin, chair of Knight at Nepean. “We create a festive atmosphere with great food and drinks, and it’s a great chance to connect with other parents.”

Meet Jackie Barwin, chair of Knight at Nepean. This year’s event is taking place Nov.27. Photo by Andrea Tomkins.
Meet Jackie Barwin, chair of Knight at Nepean. This year’s event is taking place Nov.27. Photo by Andrea Tomkins.

This year, organizers hope to raise $16,000, which will fund all kinds of equipment in the school, across all departments.

“Knight at Nepean has given the Nepean High School Council the means to enhance the school’s learning resources and support initiatives at the school that would not otherwise be covered,” says Barwin. “We’re really trying to enhance learning across every sphere of school life.”

Items that have been purchased through this fundraiser in the past include microscopes, laptops, smart boards, and microphones.

The theme of the 2014 edition is “Under an Italian Sky.” La Bottega Nicastro will serve up dinner in the school cafeteria, which will be transformed into an Italian trattoria.

Barwin says the community is the reason this event continues to be so successful, year after year.

“The success of Knight at Nepean in the past is directly related to the active involvement of many parent volunteers, the generosity of individuals and businesses,” says Barwin.

Knight at Nepean is taking place Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $40. Anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to support this event can make a donation online at For special consideration regarding ticket price, send an email to




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