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An Evening to Benefit The Glenholme School at Bryant Park Grill

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The Center for the Arts
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The Center for the Arts, pictured in May 2011 just prior to the grand opening celebration, provides the students of Glenholme with the necessary space for rehearsals and professional-level performances.  
Displays and Auction Items
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Silent Auction items and displays about the school stretched around the dinning area of Bryant Park Grill.
At the podium
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Rick Doucette, Development Board Chair and former Glenholme parent, spoke passionately about his son's experience at the school.
Maryann Campbell
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Executive Director Maryann Campbell thanked the Development Board members and played a short film about the Arts at Glenholme.
October Project
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The critically acclaimed band, October Project, performed a captivating selection of their passionate, poetic songs for special occasion.
Washington, CT - On educational campuses throughout the world, involvement in extracurricular activities is viewed as essential to each student’s personal development. Two outcome studies conducted at The Glenholme School, “The Effects of Engagement in Instructional Extracurricular Activities on Children’s Behavioral Functioning,” and “The Impact of Preferred Activities on Residential Programming on Children’s Behavioral Functioning,” demonstrate that active involvement in enrichment programming, such as the Arts, gives special needs students a newfound sense of confidence, and promotes emotional, intellectual, creative, and social growth. These positive changes permeate into all aspects of the students’ lives, helping them to better master their treatment plan goals.

With these benefits in mind, we were eager to expand and enhance our Arts offerings, and began constructing The Center for the Arts in November of 2009. This 10,000 square-foot building contains two visual art galleries, a 299 seat theater, and ample space for rehearsals and professional performances. Although the Glenholme community celebrated The Center for the Arts’ Grand Opening in May of 2011, the space remained in need of sound, lighting, and projection systems in order to be complete.

As we looked to continue to finance the building’s completion and endowment, the members of the Glenholme Planning and Development Board chose to host the first off-site fund-raising event to support the school’s Arts program. In preparation, the Board members secured the event space, solicited items to be auctioned off, coordinated the entertainment, publicized the event, and generously donated their time, money, and talent toward making sure no detail went overlooked.

After much anticipation, the Board hosted a gathering of New York’s finest friends at The Bryant Park Grill on the evening of Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  The event, spearheaded by Board members Barbara Feeney and Robin Baron, featured a cocktail hour, an elegant buffet dinner, a raffle, a silent auction, a live auction, and a performance by the critically acclaimed band, October Project.

Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s Bryant Park, the Bryant Park Grill provided an ideal space for festivities, food, and music. The evening began with Glenholme’s administration, Board members, and current and past parents mixing and mingling with friends, co-workers, and new acquaintances. After a welcome and introduction by Executive Administrator Judy Cooper, Assistant Executive Director Dr. Patrick Queenan spoke about Glenholme’s data-driven approach, and why it makes the program so successful. Board Chair Rick Doucette, a former Glenholme parent, spoke passionately about his son’s experiences at the school.

Executive Director Maryann Campbell then addressed the crowd. After thanking the Board Members for their efforts, she played a short film about the Arts at Glenholme, featuring interviews with numerous Glenholme students and staff. This informative, funny, and heartwarming film allowed the students to share - in their own words - the positive impact that The Glenholme School has had on each of their lives.

After a lovely dinner and a moving performance by October Project, Board member Robin Baron took the stage as the evening’s auctioneer. Her energy and charisma held the crowd’s attention, and her faith in Glenholme’s mission inspired them to contribute to the live auction and to the newly created Student Scholarship Fund.

Our goal at this event was to raise sufficient funds to achieve a $100,000 matching grant from the Hearst Foundation – and we are thrilled to say that we succeeded! With the funds raised, we can now bring The Center for the Arts to life with quality sound, lighting, and projection systems.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make The Center for the Arts a reality! Your donation acknowledges the positive impact that the Arts have on all Glenholme students, now and in the future.

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people who are often considered fragile and complex, diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety as well as learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit Devereux Connecticut.
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The Glenholme School is accredited as an independent boarding school for children with special needs by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with diploma granting privileges. Glenholme is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department.The Glenholme School, 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, phone: 860-868-7377, fax: 860-868-7894, email: