WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 2014)—On May 1, 2014, the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its 9th Annual Spring Event, “Shop Into Spring,” to benefit the children of the John A. Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in White Plains. The event, which was held at the Women’s Club of White Plains, raised nearly $25,000.
Over 100 guests attended this fabulous night of shopping and fun. We were fortunate enough to be able to showcase designs from AprilMarin, Vacay Mama, ICE Jewelry, 3 Sisters, Stella & Dot and Simply Stunning Jewelry. Each boutique vendor generously donated 15 percent of their sales from the evening for the benefit of our children. The event also featured a raffle and a silent auction that garnered over $4,600 of our almost $25,000 total.
The evening kicked off with a special welcome from Patricia Tursi, the President of the John A. Coleman School. After, John A. Coleman School Trustee and “Shop Into Spring” Co-Chair, Susan Quintin, shared a brief history of our annual Spring Event and thanked all our partners, donors, vendors, volunteers and leadership who helped make the night possible. Quintin then introduced Keara Carr, the mother of Quinn, a student at the John A. Coleman School and a patient at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center. Carr shared her family’s story about the impact that the Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center have had on their lives. After Carr’s moving speech, everyone switched gears as Jené Luciani, television personality and nationally acclaimed style expert, revealed some beauty and fashion tips to help guide the attendees in their boutique shopping.
The night concluded with Maureen Tomkiel, Executive Director of the John A. Coleman School, revealing the winners of the raffle items and Brian Harrington, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement, announcing the silent auction winners.
“Our annual spring fundraising event is always a great way to celebrate both spring and the children of the John A. Coleman School and the Children’s Rehabilitation Center,” Quintin said. “This year, we had strong support from the community and our staff, which is crucial to helping our organizations deliver on their mission to provide the highest quality of care to our children.”
This year’s event would not have been possible without the support of our generous partners. We’d like to thank our Platinum Sponsors: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the Lavine Family and Bettina Equities and the Caiola Family; our Gold Sponsor: Waldorf Risk Solutions; our Silver Sponsors: Susan Quintin, Kevin and Serena Flaherty, Dennis Kenny, Steven Korf, the Van De Loo Family, iCentral and Hudson Valley Bank; and our Bronze Sponsors: Suburban Carting Company, Victoria Alfonzetti and ING.