Funds raised for Glenholme scholarship
Supporters, celebrities and friends of The Glenholme School in Washington recently joined together for the fifth annual scholarship fundraising event, “Opening Doors.”
The event, sponsored by the school’s development board, took place Oct. 21 at Bryant Park Grill in New York City.
Glenholme School is an independent, coeducational special-needs boarding and day school for young people, ages 10 to adult, in middle school, high school, and postgraduate, offering transitional living for career development.
Board member David O. Russell, a movie director and a parent of a Glenholme student, holds this charity near and dear to his heart, along with his board colleagues.
Sprinkling his signature “stardust” with Robert De Niro, Grace Hightower, Harvey Weinstein, Dascha Polanco, Cristin Milioti and Isabella Rossellini in tow, Russell created an evening with close to 200 guests and raised over $400,000.
Guests mingled and posed for photos with celebrities, and bid on an array of specialty items in the silent auction.
That was followed by a dinner, where guests were welcomed by Maryann Campbell, executive director, and board co-chairman Doug Bowen, who spoke of the enduring effect Glenholme has had on his son and family.
Sue Seaver, a recipient of the scholarship program, offered how the school’s scholarship affected her daughter and her family, and shared the many improvements in her child’s growth and development.
Supporters then participated in the auction, which featured trips and private events, including an exclusive in-home dinner by chef Bradley Stellings, a winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped.”
Concluding the live auction was Russell, who stirred the audience with his talk about what young people with disabilities feel and live with each day.
He then gave a testament to the school and once again offered exclusive movie items, including tickets to the premier of his soon-to-be-released movie, “Joy,” and walk-on movie roles to his next upcoming film.
Funds raised for these Hollywood events were matched by Harvey Weinstein.
A special moment closed out the evening as everyone joined in celebrating Campbell’s decades of service to Glenholme.
The school’s development board co-chairman spoke of Campbell’s dedication and leadership and presented her with an award of hope.