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Upcoming Events PTA Nominating Committee Needs You to Run!
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Nominating Committee, parents are invited to nominate themselves or other parents to sit on next year’s PTA Executive Board and/or the School Leadership Team. We are always looking for new parents to help support the school. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents and share your voices. For our children’s tomorrow, take action today!

Nominations period is open. We invite you to run for any of these positions for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • PTA President
  • Co-PTA President
  • Co-Recording Secretary
  • Co-Corresponding Secretary
  • Co-Treasurer
  • Co-First Vice-President
  • High School Co-Vice President
  • College Co-Vice President
  • 10th Grade School Team Leadership Member
  • Year 1 School Team Leadership Member
  • Year 2 School Team Leadership Member
  • Budget Officer

Deadline to nominate is the next PTA meeting on April 24th.  Please email Nominating Committee member Harvey Epstein at harvepstein@gmail.com if you are interested in running, in nominating another parent or have any questions.  In your email, identify your full name, email address, child’s year, and the position Bard Nominating Committee Poster PTA logoof interest.  Thank you!!!


Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner April 10th
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Spring 2014 Volunteer Needs
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring is in full swing at BHSEC and the PTA needs your help with lots of activities that we are engaged in to support BHSEC and our kids’ education.   Please help us out!

 

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner, Thursday, April 10th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.  Please send in your favorite home-cooked or store-bought dish for our Spring Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner.   We also need volunteers to help with set up starting at 2:00 pm and with clean up starting at 6:00 pm.   Please email Fabienne Laraque to let her know what dish you will send in, flaraque28@gmail.com; and email Leslie Wright, leslieswright@gmail.com, and Jennifer Praeger,  jpraeger@privatewifi.com, if you can volunteer with set up or clean up on April 10th.BHSEC Spring Faculty Appreciation Dinner Flyer March 2014

 

Spring Gala and Auction, May 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, Powerhouse, 37 Main St., Dumbo, Brooklyn.  We hope that you will join us for the Spring Gala – tickets are limited and are on sale now at www.bardgala.org.  We need volunteers to help prepare for the Gala and to help with solicitations for the silent auction:  we have a special need for parents with contacts or connections to the following: restaurants, clothing/fashion, sports tickets, artwork and concerts.   We will also need plenty of volunteers with setting up, running and cleaning up for the Gala on May 3rd.  If you can volunteer to help with the Gala, please contact Andy Hamingson at ahamingson@gmail.com

 

BardwareWe have some great new Bardware in stock for Spring and need volunteers over the next two months to sell Bardware to students and parents, including during parent-teacher conferences on April 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and on the 11th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.   Please let Judith Schwartz know if you can help:           

 

PTA Leadership and School Leadership Team positions for next year:    We need parents to serve in leadership positions on the BHSEC PTA Executive Board and on the BHSEC School Leadership Team next year.  Please consider nominating yourself for a PTA or SLT position or nominating any other parent whom you think could help make a difference.   All you need to do for now is give us a name and contact info at any point between now and the April PTA meeting on April 24th by sending an email note to the Nominations Committee Co-Chairs, Judy Cohen, butelinc@gmail.com, and Sherri Levine jaslny@yahoo.com.  We’d also like a couple of parents to also be part of the Nominations Committee.   Please let Judy or Sherri know if you’re interested.  Elections for these positions will be held in June.

 

PTA Budget Committee:   Over the next two months, the PTA Budget Committee, co-chaired by the PTA officers, will be preparing a draft budget for the PTA for next year.  We plan to present the draft budget for discussion at the May PTA Meeting and there will be a vote at the June PTA Meeting.  We would like several parents to join the Budget Committee to help us consider all the important issues that go into putting together the PTA budget.   If you are interested in being on the Budget Committee, please contact Kit Kennedy at kkennedy672@earthlink.net


Gala Tickets are now on Sale
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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President’s Report – Feb 2014
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whew – what a month! Hope you & your BHSEC student(s) enjoyed the break. My son & I had a chance to review his mid-year (Yr1) progress & continue our planning for next year’s college admissions process. By the way, I was reminded at the last SLT meeting what a great resource the CTO is – please make sure you & your child are accessing all the available information. It’s never too early to start planning for the next stage of your child’s academic career.

For those of you who missed it, the Thinking & Writing workshop led by Dr. Lerner @ last month’s PTA meeting was a real “revelation” for the parents in attendance. As explained by Dr. Lerner, this pervasive cross-curriculum activity is an “entry point” for participants to engage in authentic dialogue. According to alumni feedback, this ability to self-reflect, organize one’s thoughts quickly and write effectively is a critical success skill – one that differentiates BHSEC graduates, irrespective of their chosen major.

Scotch & Wine Tasting: Thanks to all the parents, faculty and alumni who came out for our S&W-T party. Special thanks to the following: Dr. Lerner for speaking; Carol Turitz (as always) for her help planning & set-up; alumni parent Gary Wartels from Skyview Wine & Spirits in Riverdale for donating loads of wine, scotch and bourbon for tasting; Chef Mario from LeSajj Restaurant in Bay Ridge for his generous donation of Middle Eastern food; Yr2 parent Tessa Huxley who organized the whole event & all the parents who cooked, sold raffle tickets and did set-up/clean-up for the party. Their hard work made it a huge success!

Bardware: Thanks to Judith Schwartz, Louann Smith, Lynn Sachs, Rika Yamamoto, Corinne Saint-Denis & Stephen Dowling for pitching-in recently to sell Bardware to our students. Not only did their efforts bring in much-needed revenue for the PTA to support BHSEC, but it put smiles on kids’ faces and boosted school spirit. We’re introducing lots of new items & designs, check ‘em out the next time you’re on campus!

Annual Appeal: Great news – we’ve received $155,000 from over 260 families, so we’re only $20,000 away from our goal. As this money’s already been allocated in support of BHSEC’s 2013-14 budget, we’ll be reaching-out to the remaining families that haven’t given yet, asking for any amount that might help us fill the remaining gap. BHSEC is such a great investment – for example, a single credit @ CUNY costs around $380, so if your child’s able to transfer 60 credits at the end of Yr2, that’s a huge return on your investment!

Spring Gala: The PTA’s Gala and Auction will be taking place on May 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This exciting event brings together BHSEC parents, alumni, teachers & staff for the blow-out party of the year! Invitations will be going out early in March and tickets will be available on the PTA website. We’ll need lots of parent volunteers to plan/throw this party successfully. Please contact Gala Chair Andy Hamingson (ahamingson@gmail.com) if you can volunteer.

Upcoming PTA Meeting (Feb 27th): This month’s discussion will focus on CyberBullying. Noted expert Howard A. Friedman, PhD will discuss CyberBullying’s impact on students and how to define, identify and respond to bullying. Howard will speak about recent trends and information, how your child can deal with an attack if he or she is the target, what to do if your child is suspected of being a CyberBully, and how to speak to your child about this growing, serious situation.

New PTA website: We’re in the process of creating a website that is more user-friendly, including making it easier for parents to register with the PTA, identify volunteer opportunities and find support resources.

Other Business: Effective succession planning is vital for the continued success of our PTA, that’s why we’ve already begun to look ahead to next year. Areas that we’ll need some volunteers in coming months include helping the current ExecBoard review/update our by-laws, establish a nominations committee to prepare for year-end PTA and SLT elections, plan/provide input to our budget for next year and (of course) we’re looking for parents who’d like to “step-up” their level of involvement in BHSEC affairs and run for positions on the PTA’s ExecBoard & SLT. Please contact me directly (d2boehm@gmail.com) if you’re interested.

Finally, in response to several parents’ requests, next month’s PTA meeting (March 27th) will host a panel discussion on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) opportunities @ BHSEC. Our April meeting will provide a forum for the College Transfer Office (CTO) to discuss the college planning timeline and the resources available to you & your BHSEC student.

As always, I wish you & yours a happy, healthy & productive month – hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board,

David A. Boehm, President


Upcoming: Scotch & Wine Tasting Event on January 31st
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

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Winter Scotch and Wine Tasting – Friday, Jan 31st
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

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 JOIN US FOR THE BHSEC PTA

Winter Scotch and Wine Tasting Party

Fun, Friends and Festivity!

Friday, January 31st, 6–8:00 PM @ Kips Bay Towers, 300 E. 33rd St (between 1st and 2ndAves.)*

Meet and reconnect with your fellow BHSEC parents, faculty and staff for a warm wintertime cocktail party that will also support our kids’ education, build the BHSEC community and fight off the cold!  We will be sampling a variety of fine scotches and wines, along with light cocktail fare.

Principal Dr. Michael Lerner will speak and maybe even do a reading from Dry Manhattan, his book on the Prohibition.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. A limit of 100 tickets only are available.  Must be 21 years or older.  Click to purchase tickets online.

All proceeds go to the BHSEC PTA.

Many thanks to formscotch2er BHSEC parents Gary and Carolyn Wartels of Skyview Wine and Spirits, for providing the scotch and wine for this event.   Please patronize Skyview, 561 Riverdale Avenue, Riverdale, NY and mention that you are a BHSEC parent.

* The entrance to the Kips Bay Towers building is on 33rd St. between First and Second Avenues, set back from the street. The party is in the Community Room on the lobby level. For more information about this PTA event, please contact Tessa Huxley at huxleyreicher@earthlink.net.

 


One Day Left to Make a Difference
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As the final hours of 2013 tick away, please consider making a donation to the BHSEC PTA annual appeal. We have raised 80% of our PTA annual appeal goal, and 240 BHSEC families have generously donated almost $140,000

WE STILL NEED TO RAISE $30,000 MORE!

Please donate today and invest in your child’s education. Donate-button

If you have already given, THANK YOU – and please give again!

If you haven’t given yet, please give as generously as you can but please give something. Every gift makes a difference – NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL.

Remember that your gift is 100% tax deductible!

Click to donate online.

You can also donate in over eight monthly installments.   All gifts demonstrate the generosity and commitment of BHSEC families to support our school–its arts programs, sports, and college programs — and help the school to purchase crucial items like textbooks and keep class sizes smaller.

Click here to review this year’s PTA budget, and how it supports our students’ education at BHSEC, supporting sports, art, music, drama and dance, as well as teacher enrichment, student travel, the College Transfer Office, college textbooks and much more.

You may also send in your check made out to BHSEC PTA to:

BHSEC PTA Treasurer, 525 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

Your child can also bring in a check and give it to Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator.

Thank you so much for your support of BHSEC and our kids’ education.

Happy New Year!!

The PTA Executive Board

(If you have questions or need assistance, please contact PTA VP Kit Kennedy, kkennedy672@earthlink.net)


DEC PTA MEETING
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013

The December PTA meeting this Thursday, the 19th

will feature renowned speaker and Child Psychoanalyst

Sean Grover, LCSW

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YOUR TEENAGER’S EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IN THE ADOLESCENT YEARS

Please join us to wrap up 2013, and hear what is ahead for 2014!  Sean Grover is a skilled and inspiring speaker, and this will be an interactive Q&A parent workshop. In addition, you will have an opportunity to voice your concerns, to hear and speak to the principal, Dr. Michael Lerner, the parent coordinator, Carol Turitz and meet and chat with other fellow parents. Light refreshments and holiday treats will be served.

Please RSVP to Carol Turitz cturitz@bhsec.bard.edu so that she can plan for refreshments accordingly.

PLUS, new Bardware will be available for sale if you need some last minute stocking stuffers for Bardians and Bard fans.  We look forward to seeing you Thursday night at:

BHSEC Auditorium  525 E Houston Street.

Doors open at 6pm and the meeting will start at 6:30.

Did you know:  There is a Citibike kiosk right at the school for your convenience.

Stay warm!

 

 


Make your annual contribution today – it’s #GIVINGTUESDAY
Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Have you made your annual contribution yet?

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY a day to give back by donating to a good cause. Please take 2 minutes to support the BHSEC PTA annual appeal today.

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More than 200 BHSEC families have already donated a total of $125,000.

We are 75% of the way to our fundraising goal and need your help with the final push to reach our $170,000 milestone before the end of 2013.

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To donate online, click on the button below or go to www.BardPTA.org.

To review this year’s PTA budget, and how it supports our students’ education at BHSEC.

When choosing a donation that fits your budget, please remember that your gift to the BHSEC PTA:

  • Supports your child’s quality education at BHSEC, helping to keep classes small and supporting art, music, theatre and sports
  • Represents the value you place on your child’s early college education – including 60 college credits
  • Is fully tax deductible

You may also send in your check made out to BHSEC PTA to:

BHSEC PTA Treasurer

525 East Houston Street

New York, NY 10002

 

Your child can also bring in a check and give it to Carol Turitz, Parent Coordinator.

Thank you,

PTA First VP,

Kit Kennedy (kkennedy672@earthlink.net347-563-2864)


Announcing TD Bank’s Affinity program to support our School
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Join the TD Bank Affinity Program,

and the BHSEC PTA will receive an

Annual Contribution from TD Bank simply because you bank there.

There’s no cost to you, and you get great banking services as well.

It’s that simple!

Click to download the full flier 

BHSEC PTA - TD Bank Affinity code AF627


Can you help us make this annual event a great success?
Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013

Can you help us make this annualPhone-a-thon logo event a great success and support our students’ education?

 

The 2013 BHSEC Phon-a-thon begins on Wednesday 11/6, and you can help in 2 important ways:

1. Donate 

When you donate online before the Phon-a-Thon begins, you help reduce the number of calls we have to make.

We promise not to call you if you donate this week.  

When choosing a donation that fits your budget, please remember that your gift to the BHSEC PTA:

  • Supports your child’s quality education at BHSEC
  • Represents the value you place on your child’s early college education
  • Is fully tax deductible

Click here to review this year’s budget and how the it funds our students experience at BHSEC

You may also send in your check made out to BHSEC PTA to:
BHSEC PTA Treasurer
525 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

2. Volunteer

We have received tremendous support, and we are now making the final volunteer schedules .
Thanks to all who have stepped forward to help  - we are counting on you!
Thank you,

Phon-a-Thon Chair and PTA First VP,

Kit Kennedy


Welcome Back, BHSEC Parents!
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

Dear Parents,

It’s truly a pleasure to welcome you to another year at BHSEC! As a school administrator myself, I can attest to a few sleepless nights over the past couple of weeks in the lead-up to the 1st day of school.

The start of the 2013-14 year is another milestone for our kids. If you’re an incoming 9th grade parent, get ready for a fun, exciting (but rigorous) educational experience. For Y2 parents, this year is the culmination of your child’s BHSEC journey. As the parent of a Y1 student, I’m really looking forward to the start of my son’s college program experience.

The PTA, in conjunction with BHSEC leadership, has planned a great line-up of meeting topics & community events for the year. I hope to get a chance meet each & every one of you before, during, or after, these events. Sharing our experiences & learning from parents who’ve “gone before us” is a great way to maximize your child’s educational experience @ BHSEC, while giving something back to the wider Bard community.

The 1st general PTA meeting is coming-up on Sept 26th @ 6:30pm. In keeping with tradition, this first PTA meeting includes a School-wide Potluck Dinner beginning @ 6:30 in the BHSEC auditorium. Under a separate email, we’ll be providing more details & asking you to bring in food for the potluck. I won’t say that my stuffed peppers will be the best dish on offer, but definitely in the Top 5.

Finally, I’d like to highlight a change we hope will allow more parents to participate in the PTA’s planning process. The Executive Board has decided to hold all our meetings on the same date as the general meeting (beginning @ 5:15pm), so if you can make it to BHSEC a bit earlier, we look forward to adding your voice to our discussions.

On behalf of the BHSEC PTA Executive Board, I welcome you all to another exciting year!

David A. Boehm, President


Sept 26th PTA Meeting
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013

potluck1The focus of our September General Meeting (September 26th at 6:30 pm) will be a general introduction to BHSEC and the PTA, and a discussion of how you can get involved, including specific (but time-limited) volunteer opportunities.

The night will include our always popular PotLuck Dinner, for which the PTA is gratefully accepting your donation. We’ll be sending-out an email flyer with all relevant details or you can contact Carol Turitiz for more info.

On the 26th, we’ll also be accepting nominations for two open Executive Board positions (Budget Officer and Corresponding Secretary) & G9 representative on the School Leadership Team. We invite you (particularly our incoming G9 parents) to “put your hand up” and play a direct role in your child’s most important educational experience to-date.


Approved PTA Budget for FY14 (2013-2014 )
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BHSEC PTA budget for 2013-2014 

On June 13th 2013, the PTA budget for fiscal year 2014 (school year 2013-2014) was approved by a majority vote during the scheduled general meeting.

 Click to review the approved budget: Bard High School Early College PTA – Proposed Budget for 2013-2014

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Members of the PTA Executive Board and the Budget Committee met several times in May to analyze this year’s financial performance against the budget, and plan a budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1st.  Income as of May is $217K, which approximately $5K below our goal. On the expense side, we are on target as well, but may have late arriving invoices in June that may exceed budget. We’ll wait and see.

In our budgeting deliberations, we sought to balance next year’s spending so our constituents’ existing and new needs are addressed in a fair manner that serves our students’ academic and extracurricular needs.

On the income side, the committee projects $227K, which includes a nominal increase in revenue.

The proposed budget allocates $170K, or 72%, to academic support, $43K, or 18%, to student programs, and $23K, or 10% to PTA administration.  Dr. Lerner and his time allocated the $170K according to the school’s need after they reviewed the newly released Dept. of Education budget.

The ratio of academic support to student extracurricular programs is 4:1, which is consistent with historical allocations.  You will notice that the going forward, expense categories will be grouped accordingly to help ensure that parents’ donations are allocated fairly and consistently every year.  PTA expenses, including cost of Bardware inventory, are flat.

Thanks to all the parents and school administrators who worked closely with the PTA executive board members to organize this effort.

 


2013 Gala Photo Slideshow
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Gala Committee for producing a terrific event, congratulations to all the auction winners, and heart felt thanks to all our donors, supporters, and volunteers who made our fundraiser possible. A picture is worth a thousand words – enjoy the slideshow

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or Download all photos in a single PDF file

 



News & Updates


President’s Report – Mar 2014
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014
From my school administrator’s perspective, March is always the month where everything “gets real” - the holiday season’s well behind us and summer break’s a distant reality. Everyone starts to focus on year-end exams, grades, etc. For 9/10th graders at BHSEC, it can seem like high school’s almost over, so ... more »


President’s Report – Feb 2014
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Whew - what a month! Hope you & your BHSEC student(s) enjoyed the break. My son & I had a chance to review his mid-year (Yr1) progress & continue our planning for next year’s college admissions process. By the way, I was reminded at the last SLT meeting what a ... more »


“Writing and Thinking”: January PTA meeting
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014
The January BHSEC PTA meeting    writingthinking  will feature BHSEC Principal Dr. Michael Lerner leading a “Writing and Thinking” Workshop for BHSEC Parents Please join us on January 23rd for this special interactive session ... more »


DEC PTA MEETING
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013
The December PTA meeting this Thursday, the 19th will feature renowned speaker and Child Psychoanalyst Sean Grover, LCSW ON YOUR TEENAGER’S EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IN THE ADOLESCENT YEARS Please join us to wrap up 2013, and hear what is ahead for 2014!  ... more »


December Presidents’s Report
Posted on Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hi all – the winter holiday season’s fast approaching and our students are “diving deep” into their studies. This time of year can be fun (particularly in NYC), but also pretty stressful - particularly as the end of the first semester is coming-up. With my Yr1 student, recent discussions are ... more »


Make your annual contribution today – it’s #GIVINGTUESDAY
Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Have you made your annual contribution yet? Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY a day to give back by donating to a good cause. Please take 2 minutes to support the BHSEC PTA annual appeal today. thermometer More than 200 BHSEC families ... more »


Announcing TD Bank’s Affinity program to support our School
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Join the TD Bank Affinity Program, and the BHSEC PTA will receive an Annual Contribution from TD Bank simply because you bank there. There's no cost to you, and ... more »


Our school among the most desirable in NYC says WNYC
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
According to WNYC report published November 20th, Bard High School Early College ranks among the most desirable NYC high school. Here's a link to the article http://www.wnyc.org/story/era-high-school-choice-manhattan-district-retains-elite-status/   School Name Borough Avg. English Proficiency Avg. Math Proficiency Number of Applicants in 2013 Spots open to 9th Graders Who gets priority? Townsend Harris High School Queens 3.78 4.2 5471 270 Students throughout the city... more »


Next PTA Meeting Nov 21st @ 6pm
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
“Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know & How to Talk with Your Teen” The PTA meeting will feature an informative and eye-opening presentation by Jessica Knoll, Director of the IMPACT Program at Phoenix House, who will explore issues pertaining to drinking and substance abuse - specifically, what we, as parents, ... more »


BHSEC Manhattan Class of 2013 College Enrollment Data
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
                                                                    BHSEC Manhattan Class of 2013 College Enrollment Data Where are those 123 graduates going?  ... more »


Sept 26th PTA Meeting
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013
potluck1The focus of our September General Meeting (September 26th at 6:30 pm) will be a general introduction to BHSEC and the PTA, and a discussion of how you can get involved, including specific (but time-limited) volunteer opportunities. The night will include our always ... more »


Approved PTA Budget for FY14 (2013-2014 )
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
BHSEC PTA budget for 2013-2014  On June 13th 2013, the PTA budget for fiscal year 2014 (school year 2013-2014) was approved by a majority vote during the scheduled general meeting.  Click to review the approved budget: Bard High School Early College PTA - Proposed Budget for 2013-2014... more »


Class of 2013 enrollments
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Class of 2013 College Enrollments College #Attending Alfred University 1 Allegheny College 2 Babson College 1 Bard College 6 Boston College 1 Brown University 2 Bryn Mawr College 2 Case Western ... more »


Election results – PTA Executive Board and SLT for 2013-2014
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
June 30, 2013 Election results eb-meeting  Executive Board 2013-2014  David Boehm – PTA President  Kit Kennedy – First Co-Vice President  Abe Suleiman – First Co-Vice President  Jennifer Morgan – High School Vice President  Fabiana Carbo-Chavez – College Vice President  Fabienne Laraque – Recording Secretary  Lynette Bangaree – ... more »


2013 Gala Photo Slideshow
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 Gala Committee for producing a terrific event, congratulations to all the auction winners, and heart felt thanks to all our donors, supporters, and volunteers who made our fundraiser possible. A picture is worth a thousand words - enjoy the slideshow... more »


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