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June • 2006
Tribeca Film Festival Benefit Launches $2.8 Million Capital Campaign
By Karen Edelman
May 1st was a glamorous and exciting night for the Brooklyn Friends community. Our annual spring benefit joined the Tribeca Film Festival and Brooklyn Friends at the
ribeca Film Festival was launched. We started the evening with a private screening of the documentary “When Fried Eggs Fly” – an inspirational story about a teacher who brought his students, their parents and their teachers together to create and perform a song about the environ- ment. After the film, the director, the teacher and some of the students conducted a question and answer session where parents and friends were able to gain insight into the inner workings of the film.
The evening continued with a beautiful walk along the Hudson River to Battery Gardens restau- rant, where close to 500 members of the Brooklyn Friends communi- ty gathered for dinner, great con- versation, dancing and a live auc- tion. Our very own PAT president, Lisa Sack, was the auctioneer for the evening and everyone was excit- ed to support the school and bid on fabulous items. The school is deeply grateful to Robert De Niro, parent and honorary chair of our capital campaign, for making this evening possible. Thank you also to Toukie A. Smith and Johannes Cloete for chairing the benefit and to all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly for months to ensure the event’s success.
The benefit was the launch of the community phase of our capital campaign, Building the Community: The Campaign for Brooklyn Friends. At the event, Sharon and Tom Kenned , chairs for the capital campaign, announced
to cheers and applause – that we had raised $2 million
towards our $2.8 million goal. The evening raised a record breaking $120,000 – leaving our remaining need at $700,000.
The money raised for the capital campaign will be funding renovations and improvements at our building at 375 Pearl Street. Work will begin this summer, with the renovation and expansion of the third floor librar , the renovation of the science labs, and the installation of a completely new rooftop playground to include a new sur- face and new play equipment.
Future plans include the renovation of the Meeting continued on page 3
Nearly 500 people attended “Dinner and a Movie with Friends.” From top, left to right: Parents Joseph anney, Nancy anney, Angel Zimick-Fische , and oukie Smith; Jeffrey Ginsberg and Dianne Abeloff bidding at the auction; Campaign Chairs Sharon and om Kennedy; Alums Oshadi Kelly ’96, Janee Gasper ’96, Jesse Soll ’95, Jazelyn Montanez ’98, Crystal Backus ’96, and Cassie Broadus-Foote ’01