A Tip of the Hat to All for an Awesome Auction

Now that's a feather in our cap:  The numbers are still being crunched, but the funds raised at Saturday's Auction Gala will certainly surpass last year's total (dollar figures coming your way soon). THANK YOU to the 330+ Hunter parents and friends who attended—and to the countless others who threw their hats in the ring through the multiple Raffles and the Online Auction (we had $30,000+ in bids before even walking in the door!). Highlights of the evening included: rocking solos by Dr. Tony Fisher on harmonica and Mr. Jonathan Silkowitz on drums, accompanied by the tireless Senior Jazz Band (who entertained tourists in Columbus Circle afterward), jokes galore by math teacher and emcee Mr. Stephen Young, fantastically kooky hats created on the spot by "Wacky Wendy,"  adorable student volunteers determined to leave no donation unturned, a packed Welcome Reception for the Class of 2017 parents (crashed by parents of all grades wanting to get at the mouthwatering hors d'oeuvres), a Paddle Raise that scored $20,640 for the overdue Art Department Renovation (the architect's renderings of the spiffy new learning spaces are pretty mouthwatering too), Live Auction bidding wars that raised $11,600 (top draw: $2200 for home cooking classes with top chefs Anne Rosenzweig and HCHS parent Kate Zuckerman)—and even some bargains (the Tiffany jewelry was snapped up by lucky winners way below value). The tickets to Book of Mormon created such a frenzy that folks started writing on the edge of the bid sheet (and for good reason—there's nowhere else on earth you could get such a steal). Most importantly, hundreds of us came together to celebrate our community and share our admiration and support of the school that shape our kids each day.

A huge round of applause to our top hatters Judy Weinstein, Jocelyn Markowitz, Cameron King, Kate Levin and Lisa Taber, the Auction Co-Chairs behind it all. (See the Auction Catalog for a list of committee members and donors, who all deserve our gratitude.) Yes, it's going to be tough living without those Auction emails—but don't worry, they'll be back next year!