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December 5, 2012 -Glenholme News

An Intimate Benefit in NYC Supports the Glenholme Scholarship Program

Amidst the big bashes and unbelievable cultural bonanzas in New York City on the evening of Wednesday October 24 was the intimate benefit for The Glenholme School’s Scholarship Program. Glenholme, a 12-month boarding school in Washington, Connecticut, proudly serves students with Asperger’s, ADHD, Tourette’s, PDD, anxiety and various learning differences. The recently formed scholarship program is designed to become a vital component of the school’s ability to offer treatment and care to young people with special learning needs.
In the past three years, 72 children have been unable to acquire funding for enrollment at Glenholme and others have been unable to maintain enrollment because of financial constraints. In an effort to create a new beginning for those who need the life-changing care provided by the school, the Glenholme Planning and Development Board members hosted an intimate gathering of New York’s finest at The Bryant Park Grill to benefit the scholarship program. The event featured a cocktail hour, an elegant buffet dinner, raffles, a silent auction, a performance by the internationally acclaimed band, October Project, and a live auction with David O. Russell and Parker Posey.
Situated in the heart of Manhattan, the Bryant Park Grill provided an ideal location for the benefit. The evening began with Glenholme’s administration, Board members, and current and past parents mixing and mingling with friends, co-workers, and new acquaintances. The early evening enjoyment was followed by a welcome address and introduction by Executive Administrator Judy Cooper and Assistant Executive Director Dr. Patrick Queenan. Board Chair Barbara Feeney, a former Glenholme parent, spoke passionately about her family’s experience at the school.

Executive Director Maryann Campbell then addressed the audience and thanked the Board Members for their efforts. She played a short film featuring interviews with several Glenholme students. In the film, students shared - in their own words – their favorite part of the program and the positive impact that the school has on each of their lives.

After a delicious dinner, October Project provided an enchanting performance which featured a special song with an aspiring recording artist from the Glenholme Class of 2010. Then Board member and Glenholme parent David O. Russell, along with his close personal friend, Parker Posey, took to the podium to auction off two incredible items donated by David himself - including four tickets to the premier of his latest movie, “Silver Lining Playbook” and a walk-on role in his next film. The Wall Street Journal described their tag-team effort as “adorable, clumsy, and ultimately, pretty effective.” Assisting David and Parker was Robin Baron, a fellow Board member, who stepped in as the evening’s auctioneer. Her energy and charisma held the crowd’s attention, while her passion in Glenholme’s mission inspired guests to contribute to the live auction benefiting the school’s Scholarship Program with over $125,000.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening an incredible success! Your contribution acknowledges the positive impact that the Glenholme program can have on young people with special needs and their families, now and in the future.

For the complete article featured in the Wall Street Journal, visit

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