By Jody Steinberg

It was a festive and fanciful fete as The Weber School celebrated its signature event, the annual Evening of Honor Purim Masquerade Party at Hotel InterContinental on March 16 in Buckhead.

More than 600 guests arrived in costumes and evening attire to honor community leader Mark Cohen and Weber School teacher, Barbara Rosenblit.

In keeping with the carnival theme of the annual Jewish holiday of Purim, popcorn, cotton candy, a wandering magician and a juggler on stilts welcomed guests.

Accolades were abundant as acting Co-Head of School Nanci Pearson described Rosenblit as a master teacher who “personifies the very best in education … teacher, learner, mentor and scholar.”

Cohen, the father of a Weber School graduate, was recognized for his leadership in the building and funding of the new Sandy Springs campus and three decades of “commitment to the greater good.” He, his wife Tova and parents, Gerald and Helen Cohen, are honorary chairs of the $32 million Weaving a Legacy Capital Campaign, which has raised approximately $17 million to date.

“May our students continue to be a light unto the nation,” he said.

The event exceeded its goal of $215,000, which is earmarked for the tuition assistance fund, which benefits all students. This year, The Weber School granted more than $600,000 in tuition assistance to about 30 percent of its students based on financial means.