A History of Giving
The first BASH was held in the spring of 1971 at the school. The event was chaired by J. Don Ashford and Mrs. John Cleary and supported by a team 20 volunteers. Approximately $25,000 was raised that evening for the students at Creighton Prep. The event included a silent auction, live auction and dinner. Among the many items sold included a trampoline, a waterbed, a bathing suit, several scholarships and even dinner with the Jesuits.
Since that premier event, BASH has grown into an extraordinary community-wide celebration with more than 650 guests. Then and now, the tremendous success of BASH would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, numbering more than 600 in 2015, and the generous support and in-kind donations from our parents, alumni, friends and businesses.
Donor support has also continued to grow nearly every year. In 2015, net proceeds from BASH exceeded $680,000. The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide more than $2 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 45 percent of our students.
Please enjoy the following history of Creighton Prep’s BASH. Many of the past executive committee chairs have stayed actively involved and are very much a part of today’s BASH. We hope to see you at BASH 2016 on Saturday, April 23.