The Highlands School’s 21st Annual Big Event Raises $300,000 for Students in the Community 


The Highlands School, a K-8 independent school that educates students with learning differences and achievement gaps, recently hosted its 21st annual Big Event on Oct. 9th at Maryland Golf and Country Club. This year’s event was attended by hundreds and raised a record $300,000.  

“We are blown away by the success of this year’s Big Event!” said Head of School Claudia Nachtigal. “We are so thankful for our community’s support. The Big Event earnings go directly towards tuition assistance and help families afford the education their student desperately needs.” 

The Big Event is The Highlands School’s largest annual fundraiser. The event features numerous tournaments and activities such as a golf tournament, pickleball tournament, tennis tournament, 5k race and fun walk, as well as a dinner and auction.  

This year’s presenting sponsors include: 

  • Spartan Surfaces 
  • WSMT Insurance: Golf Sponsor 
  • BCV Commercial Realty: Dinner Sponsor 
  • Altus Engineering: Tennis Sponsor  
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union: Pickleball Sponsor 
  • Yorktowne Sports: 5k and Fun Walk Sponsor 

“Over the past 21 years, The Big Event has only continued to grow,” said Highlands School Board Treasurer Stuart Lucas. “Community members realize when they support The Big Event, their support stays local and serves students in Harford County. We hope to continue breaking fundraising records so more students in our community have the opportunity to attend The Highlands School and can achieve academic success.”  

“This year’s Big Event exceeded our expectations,” said Highlands School Board President Bob McClelland. “We are proud of the record amount of donations and participation at this year’s event. We’re already looking forward to an even bigger and better 22nd annual Big Event!” 

Those who could not attend The Big Event but are interested in supporting The Highlands School can visit:  

About The Highlands School  

The Highlands School is an AIMS-accredited school that specializes in educating students with learning differences and achievement gaps. Founded in 1996, The Highlands School was originally located in Street, Maryland. In 2007, The Highlands School moved to a beautiful 18-acre campus in Bel Air, Maryland that was once home to the Preakness-winning racehorse Deputed Testamony.  

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