30th Birthday Celebration
& Auction 2012
Saturday, May 19
On May 19, Cold Spring School threw its biggest party of the year. We
celebrated the school's 30th birthday, honored 25-year faculty veterans
Penny Serafin and Karen Zwick, and staged a rousingly successful benefit
Auction. It was a night to remember, complete with perfect weather and
raucous auctioneering, at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New
Long before the big night the Auction Committee was
meeting regularly. This year the committee had a challenging to-do list.
It needed to plan not only the Auction but also a fitting tribute to
the school and to Penny and Karen on reaching their important
Many of the committee members were Auction
veterans--Gina D'Errico (chair), Cheryl Andresen, Stephanie Carbone,
Aisling Colon, Paula Coyne, Heidi Downey--joined by newcomers Wendy
Garcia and Shel Swanson. Relying on their collective ability for seeing
the big picture while attending to the small stuff, the committee worked
though a gazillion details and had fun in the process. In fact, talk
has already begun about the next
auction, in 2014!
advance of the evening the committee secured the historic and elegant
Carousel building at Lighthouse Point Park and decided that gourmet
pizza and salad from the Old World Pizza Truck was just the right fare.
To finish out the dinner, several of Cold Spring's best bakers made
cupcakes (what's a birthday without cake?). Pete White brewed and served
homemade beer, and Deborah Levine and Stuart Press donated the wine.
next priority was identifying an auctioneer, or two, who could keep the
evening lively but focused on raising money for the school. Soon
trustee Mike Deakin and parent Mike Stratton were on board as
co-auctioneers. Anyone who attended the auction knows the evening was
very lively thanks to their teamwork. On top of that, a new fundraising
record was set. Kudos to Mike and Mike!
In the end, $46,500 was
netted. From this total, $16,000 was raised through Fund-a-Cause and
will be used to help renovate the play yard in Penny's and Karen's
honor. The remaining $30,500 will be used to support the Cold Spring
School financial aid program, which benefits more than 30% of our
students every year.
The evening was a wonderful affirmation of
our school's community, which came together in celebration of the
school, to honor Penny and Karen, and to raise funds for a cause close
to our hearts. The event owes its success to the many volunteers who
solicited and donated Auction items and worked tirelessly to make
Auction 2012 memorable, enjoyable, and fruitful. Hats off to you!
View photos of the evening by clicking here