Annual benefit Saturday April 28 

The Garrison Children’s Education Fund (GCEF) invites local residents (as well as faraway friends) to join them for the not-to-miss event of the season in Putnam County — their annual Spring Thaw. The event, which benefits dynamic programs in academics, the arts and athletics at the Garrison School, will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Garrison Institute and promises to be a delightful evening of entertainment and fun.

This year local merchants and artists have packed the silent auction with exciting items including: a seven-night stay at the Playa Grande in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; a pair of Gabrielle Sanchez pearl earrings; gift certificates to local restaurants; website design; photography sessions; massage & wellness packages; and a party at the Garrison Art Center. A brand new iPad will be raffled off as well.

Fresh Company will provide hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, the bar will be stocked with great wines, Hop Brewery will offer an artisanal beer tasting, and the evening’s entertainment will feature live jazz as well as the sounds of local talent Art Labriola. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to help the wonderful children of Garrison while enjoying the beauty of one of the Hudson Valley’s most pristine locations.

Each year the GCEF provides over $30,000 in grants to fund programs for kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Past and current programs include eagle and bird-watching at Constitution Marsh, performances with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company, visits to the Challenger Space Center, activities in the School Forest, Healthy Cooking classes, On Camera Acting and the school’s Jazz Ensemble.

Budget cuts and spending freezes are forcing school districts around the region to cut funding for programs in the arts, field trips and extra-curricular activities, but the Garrison Children’s Education Fund, a community-based, nonprofit foundation, continues to provide the children of the Garrison School district with initiatives that challenge students to expand their imaginations, develop new skills, and explore their own talents to the fullest.

To purchase tickets, visit their website where you’ll be able to RSVP via email.

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