Posted February 13th, 2013 by PTA
We are thrilled to report that our 10th Annual Tricky Tray and Auction was our most successful ever. Thanks to the generosity of the Clinton community we were able to raise $32,000 on Saturday night, all of which will be used to directly benefit the students of Clinton. There were approximately 320 people in attendance: current Clinton parents, former Clinton parents, future Clinton parents, and four tables of our fabulous teachers and staff. It was a wonderful evening.
It takes a very big village to put this event together and there are many people to thank. Since this is my last year as a Clinton parent, I want to be sure I thank everyone properly. I am incredibly fortunate to have been a part of this community for the last eight years. Clinton is a very special place.
Thanks to my co-chair, Leah Gomberg, whose dedication to Clinton is boundless. Her work on the Tricky Tray and her vision for how things should look and run is beyond compare. I will really miss working with her on this event. Thanks to the PTA Executive Board for their support in all things related to Tricky Tray year in and year out and for donating money to buy a fabulous prize. Thanks to our amazing PTA leadership this year for their constant support. Keli Tianga and Maureen Jones are true professionals and I’ve loved working with them. Thanks to Elizabeth Aaron, Patty O’Connell, Jung Lee Masters, and Sharon Geraghty for going above and beyond all of the time and for stepping in throughout this process to be sure it would be as successful as it was. The Tricky Tray Committee was more amazing than ever: Karen Betheil, Mary Callahan (a rock star who secured many of our most valuable prizes), Eileen Campos, Shama Diegnan, Shanta Bryan Gyan, April Heeren, Amy Janay, Ilena Kasdan, Robin Leonard (another rock star in terms of prize gathering who made some great improvements to the event this year for which we are grateful), Jenny Lindstrom, Christy McElynn, Marie Todd and Janet Trzaska.
Thank you to Linda Brady, a proud Clinton parent and Keller Williams Realtor who generously donated a portion of the wine for the evening, and to Dan Dandin/DFD Consulting for generously donating beer.
Thanks to Heather Kern who designs our program every year and who does so on a very tight deadline. Her creativity, patience, and skill are much appreciated. Melissa Van Varick designed some gorgeous posters for us, again on short notice, and they were beautiful. Jeremy Moss was, as always, our fantastic DJ, and our new emcee Brad Schenker stepped in and took on this massive job with grace, skill, and a great sense of humor. He was amazing. We had an awesome group of bakers who baked and plated the beautiful dessert platters that were on each table: Leah Gomberg, John Hatton-Henigan, Shama Diegnan, Jackie Lahey, Keli Tianga, and Elizabeth Aaron. The desserts were better than ever and we even had custom-made Clinton cookies (thanks John!). And thanks to the partners of many on our Tricky Tray committee who pitched in big time including Mike Aaron, Jay O’Connell, Eric Zinner, David Gomberg and Tony McElynn.
Thanks to the local businesses, corporations, and parents who donated so many amazing prizes.
And of course thank you to our amazing teachers (who supported the event in so many ways, including collecting money for a mini iPad prize and donating countless prizes that involve spending even more time with our children than they already do). Lastly, a big thank you to Patty O’Neill and Ann Bodnar. We could not ask for more wonderful administrators. They have created an environment in which our children feel safe, happy, valued, and able to learn and do just about anything. Their commitment inspires the warmth and generosity that filled the room on Saturday night.
Cecelia Cancellaro, Co-Chair