The 14th Annual Foundation 51 Auction,"Take a Chance on Foundation 51", occurred on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at Ocean Gateway and was a wonderful event! Besides having fun, we also raised $23,000 for our students! Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees, we couldn't have done it without you!
The annual benefit auction is our only fundraiser, and every year we invite all community members to enjoy a fun night of entertainment with friends while helping to support a worthy cause. We began the evening with a large variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, delicious burgers by Elevation Burger, live music by the Greely Jazz Combos, and a silent auction with local favorite Bill Green as emcee. We had a rousing game of "Top Hats and Car Seats" (aka Heads and Tails) and the winner won a Kindle, kindly donated by Susan Clifford! We then presented our Grant Recognition Award to Kristi Wright of Skyline Farm for her wonderful grant "People in Your Neighborhood", and Delaney Nolin gave us a short presentation on the "Riding to the Top" grant which she visited this summer. We moved onto a live auction with Tom Saturley, auctioneer extraordinaire, during which we heard from Allie Waterhouse, Dena McFarland and Bethany Hanley on the importance of the grant we funded at NYMS entitled "Adventure-Based Learning". It was a terrific evening.