A Night on the Farm
By Jennifer Winters, Assistant Director
The inspiration for the Harvest Moon Auction this past year was The Broody Hen by Olivier Dunrea. Dunrea’s reading at Bing, generously funded by Helen Bing, generated excitement for the upcoming event. The auction went off without a hitch and had a real down home flavor—bales of hay, stalks of corn, chuck wagon dinner, and all.
A Night on the Farm raised $150,000 to benefit the Scholarship Fund for Bing. Bing is one of the few nursery schools in the country to fund a substantial financial-aid program. Its scholarships extend the reach of opportunity and promote the diversity that is so important to our community and our world.
The auction succeeded because of many special contributors. Co-chairs Julie Sternfield and Carmen Dowley did a spectacular job leading a tireless team of volunteers and tracking down donations. Michael Olmstead in his elegant chartreuse tuxedo was an outstanding master of ceremonies, a performance highlighted by his original song “A Tribute to Bing.” Helen and Peter Bing once again made a significant and generous donation of $50,000 to the Scholarship Fund. And Sun Microsystems provided support and an important gift of $25,000 to the fund. Thanks to all.