As the school year drew to a close we turned our attention to our annual Spring Benefit and auction. Krista Bogetich, the Preschool Administrator headed up the committee and directed the efforts. We had an amazing parent committee who volunteered their services, their ideas, a lot of their personal time, in addition to donating wine, video and photography, and performers.
The theme of this year's event was "Your Show of Shows", a retro event in the spirit of the late fifties and early sixties. Our own Stephen Dima served as the master of ceremonies. The evening's entertainment included, a juggler, two comics, and a musical act, as well as the "Vintage DJ", Jonathan Jacobs (also a preschool parent).
The event was held in the big room on Saturday night, May 17. Parents enjoyed food provided by Aaron Unger former preschool par-ent and owner of "Night Kitchen Catering".
Among the highlights of the live auction, which was held at the gala, were tickets to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, four loge tickets to a Nets game, theatre tickets to "Mothers and Sons", and weekends at vacation homes in Amagansett and in Delhi, New York, in the Catskills.
The high point of the live auction were the five items created and contributed by our five classes. There were two art canvases; the drop cloths used to cover the art table over the course of the school year, contributed by the Chickadees (twos), and the Sparrows (threes). The result was a Jackson Pollock-like picture. We also auc-tioned off a beautiful platter with a picture of a tree, contributed by the Robins (old twos and young threes class). The leaves of the tree were the fingerprints of the children in the class. The Puffin (four year olds) con-tributed their class mascot, a cuddly stuffed puffin. The class adopted a real puffin as a special class project. They also purchased a stuffed animal puffin, who they named Feather. Feather would visit a different student's home each weekend. He was sent home with a log. Each child would spend a weekend doing fun things with Feather and record what they did in the log along with photos which helped document the weekend's events. The highest bidder won Feather and the log. The Puffins also donated beautiful body cut-outs that were part of an artist study. The cut-outs were done in the style of Keith Haring. The winning bidder won their child's cut-out mounted on foam core. The Hummingbirds class (four year olds) contributed a beautiful framed series of block prints.
The evening was a huge success and a whole lot of fun. Many thanks to every-one who helped plan and all who partici-pated in this event. Most of all thanks to Krista whose tireless work and amazing energy made this such a memorable event.
Have a great summer.