Foundation Raises $5,000 to Renovate Haldane Library

Annual fall gala brings in total of $20,000 for Cold Spring school

The Haldane School Foundation’s annual Fall Ball, held this year at Pamela’s Bird and Bottle Inn in Garrison, raised more than $20,000 for projects at the school, including a transformation of the middle and high school library.

Trustees of the Haldane School Foundation get into the spirit of the Roaring '20s evening (photo provided)

Trustees of the Haldane School Foundation get into the spirit of the Roaring ’20s evening (photo provided)

The Oct. 14 dinner and dance, with a Roaring ’20s theme, included the traditional silent auction but also featured an appeal by middle school principal Julia Sniffen that raised $5,000 to kick-start a renovation of the library, which she noted hasn’t changed much since the 1970s. (Donations to the library fund can be made at

More than 140 people attended the fundraiser, where many headpieces (and tables) were festooned with feathers, and fringe, spats and pearls were on frequent display. The highlight of the evening was Alex Bloomstein and Katie Bissinger of Beacon Ballet Arts Studio providing lessons in several period dances.

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