SMS PTA Live Auction

Our first ever Live Auction outside of the Kaufman Center was this Saturday, April 1!

Last night’s event was the start of what we believe will be a new SMS PTA tradition — a fun live event honoring a person important to our community (this year the great Sean Hartley), showcasing the talents of our amazing parents and raising record numbers, all packed into one magic evening.  I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to last night’s magic. It is close to impossible to name everybody, so here are just a few (please forgive me for not creating a particular order): Orli Shaham, Shai Wosner, Sean Attebury, Alexander Linard, Mary Pantoga, Brad Linard, David Robertson, Elizabeth Nuñez, Francisco Nuñez, Ann Wazelle, Kristy Glass, Melissa Attebury, Hector del Curto, Jisoo Ok, Derek Wieland, Gregor Huebner, Ana and Christian Gambogi, Yvonne Lau, Bill Belmonte, Sherrye Flynn, Lillie Brinkman, Annette España, Tommy Wazelle, Alex España, Pablo Inirio, Ken Pantoga, Brian Lehrer, Abby Zeichner, Kurt Lageschulte, Ed Harris.

Sean Hartley: Thank you so much for letting us celebrate you. It suited you well and meant a lot to us.

We were also so happy to see a a couple of the Kaufman Music Center Board and Staff: Thank you Johanna Roman and Kathy Hubbard for celebrating with us and for your generous donations. We also received a very generous donation from Lydia Kontos and Phyllis Feder! Your support means a lot to the PTA. Thank you. And, The fact that our very own Principal Katie Banucci-Smith pledged a large amount for the HS scholarship set the tone for raising 4.5 times what we had expected for the scholarship. Thank you, Katie, so, so much. It was also so nice to see our Assistant Principal Kristen Palmieri from the HS and so many teachers both academic and from the music side. Igal Kesselman, Sandra Noreen and Kevin Sullivan thank you all very much for being with us and for your donations.

We were also so happy to having discovered SubCulture and would like to thank Marc Kaplan for welcoming us and being of such great support. Thank you also Bill and Jack from the Party Box Caterers. The food was delicious, the set up gorgeous and the dessert divine!  And of course, a huge thank you to all the parents who came and donated so incredibly generously.

  • Total of pledged bids: $22,105
  • Music Library: $3,450
  • HS Scholarship: $5,550
  • MS Science Room: $8,150
  • Instrument Pictures: $600
  • Bidding Items: $4,355

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