GD Arts Boosters kicks off first fundraising event - Spring into the Arts

posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:02 AM by GDarts Boosters   [ updated Apr 9, 2011, 7:58 PM ]
On April 1, Groton Dunstable Arts Boosters held their first fundraiser to support the music, drama, and visual arts programs at Groton Dunstable Regional High School. The purpose of the event was not just to raise funds, but to increase awareness of the range of outstanding talent that is cultivated by the arts programs at GD. The event was a huge success on both fronts.

From the Groton Channel News

There was no shortage of fun and entertainment. The evening began with a buffet supper catered by Filho’s Cucina and accompanied by students on piano. To everyone’s delight, dinner was occasionally interrupted by “flash mob” style performances of scenes from recent high school plays. Guests also took time to browse the student art exhibit, and place bids on some of the 60+ items in the silent auction. (The individuals, businesses, and organizations that supported GD Arts at this event are listed on the right. Please let them know you like what they did.)

After dinner, guests were invited into the Black Box Theater to watch two monologues performed by seniors who were recently accepted to college theater programs, and see the opening scene from the upcoming high school production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which will be staged in the Performing Arts Center on April 28-30.

Some very tempting desserts from Main Street Café were served in the Front Commons while a live auction was conducted. The photo package donated by Patricia Axford Photography drew the biggest bids, followed closely by a country getaway with dinner and breakfast for two at Stonehedge Inn & Spa, and an overnight in an executive suite at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common.

The auction was topped off by the GD Chamber Chorus performing a few of the songs they are preparing for the Music in the Park competition and school concert in May. Then guests returned to the Black Box to hear some jazz, starting with a few pieces by the GD Jazz Band with vocal soloist Eryn Henry, and followed by the feature performance of the night, a jazz/blues combo called Blue Taxi, which has recently gained popularity on the local scene through their performances at the Main Street Café. The band is lead John Wiesner on the keyboard and melodica, with Andrew Peterson on bass guitar, and Larry Prestia on drums. All of the performers at the event donated their time and talent to provide great entertainment throughout the night.

The event was organized by the GD Arts Boosters with the support of a good-sized group of adult volunteers contributing in many ways, and approximately eighty students who performed or helped in various ways. Joelle Graham led the team of organizers, with her daughter Danielle in the driver’s seat on decorations, Betsy Bair Blagbrough taking care of publicity, Kathy Icenogle handling ticket sales and web communications, and a group of people soliciting auction donations. Jacqui Hawk was a key player in working with artists in the area, many of whom donated work to the auction.The blend of art, drama, and musical entertainment, and the mix of students and adults in attendance made the event rather unique in a fun way. It was wonderful to see so many people come together to celebrate and support the GD Arts programs. Over the next few weeks, the GD Arts Boosters Board of Directors will be working with the teachers to determine how, in light of the many needs, to best put the funds to use.  

Spring into the Arts