Dear Families,

Thank you so much for another great Winter Benefit! With record-breaking attendance rate, to the popular raffle ticket sales, to the friendly (but competitive!) silent auction, to the generous live auction bids–each reflects our community’s generosity, spirit and commitment to the work of Columbia Greenhouse.

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Families and classes outdid themselves with creative and interesting donations. From a- (many!)-night-out at the theater to the delicious collection of homemade cookies, it is your generous contributions and donations that help support the work of the school. Special shout out of thanks to the class reps that got class-wide gifts together, too.


The evening was made possible through the work and dedication of an amazing group of people. The night’s events were led by Vera Elumn, Greenhouse’s Administrator and Rachel Maniatis, Benefit Chair. Along with the Benefit committee, they spent the day arranging the donations, hanging decorations and putting finishing touches on the lovely space at Union Theological Seminary. A special thank you to Cindy Huang-Vissering and Dustin Vissering for setting up our technology stations and leading the check-in/out and John Schnatterly, our auctioneer, for once again getting the crowed excited about our live auction items and keeping us all moving!

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We hoped you all enjoyed the evening (including the first performance from our Greenhouse Chorus) and once again, thank you to all that attended, helped, donated, bid, and so on! It was a magical night, indeed!