Waldorf School Spring Benefit raises $50K

Lake Champlain Waldorf School Music Director Steve Olson conducts at the Spring Benefit Gala and Auction at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on May 18. Photo by Jonas Powell

Lake Champlain Waldorf School Music Director Steve Olson conducts at the Spring Benefit Gala and Auction at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on May 18. Photo by Jonas Powell

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School extends a heartfelt thank you to the local community for supporting the 28th annual Spring Benefit Gala and Auction, held May 18 at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. Together with the school community, local businesses and organizations helped make this one of the most amazing benefits to date; an incredible $50K was raised for the non-profit, independent school. The auction raised a record-breaking $26,500.

Community members described the occasion as elegant, festive, and a most awe-inspiring event. The classical concert included the most memorable selections of the last 10 years, and the music was truly a reminder of why music, beauty, and the arts are so vital for children. The evening also included two premiers: a chamber music piece composed by 7th grade student Willem Hillier, and “To See the World,” a movement from the Emergent Universe Oratorio by Sam Guarnaccia (which will be performed at Shelburne Farms on Sept.15).

The auction display was stunning and bidding was robust. The online auction featured the items for over two weeks, continuing to utilize the auction site created four years ago by our own Lake Champlain Waldorf School alumnus — once again, every donation translated into dollars for our school instead of a third party. Shelburne’s own Josie Leavitt, from Comedy Divas and Flying Pig Bookstore, was the rousing live auction auctioneer.

There were over 300 items with a $40K value donated. “We are so grateful to be part of such a generous community” says Development Director Lisa Espenshade, “We are in awe at the support that our local businesses show us each year and this year saw the most donations to date.” Your support helped honor the school’s legacy of caring, dynamic education.

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School is an independent, non-profit, co-educational day school for preschool through high school students, integrating academics with the arts to build every student’s capacity to love learning.

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