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Harbor Country Day School’s 2021 Spring Benefit - A Virtual ‘Mask’erade Breaks Record for Funds Raised!

Written by Chris Boyle  |  29. April 2021

Forced to host their annual Spring Benefit virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, Harbor Country Day School’s Parents’ Association rose to the occasion to create an event that proved to be incredibly successful on a number of fronts. 
 
During the past year of isolation and virtual events, the goal of building community and allowing others to show support of the school’s expanding programs and enriching each students’ school experience became even more challenging than ever. And Harbor delivered!
 
On Friday, April 23, 2021, more than 130 households tuned in for a virtual event program packed with student videos, honoree presentations, a live fundraising appeal and even a performance of Old Time Rock & Roll from opera singer and Harbor parent, Susanna Huntington, and Harbor’s Head of School, John Cissel!  
 
Following the conclusion of the virtual event program, the online Silent Auction continued for another hour before closing the night at more than $53,000 raised!
 
As shared by Mr. Cissel in the digital interactive program journal that accompanied the event presented by Central Semiconductor, Corp of Hauppauge, NY, ‘Nothing has deterred the Parents’ Association from creating a special night for us one bit!  This dream team embraced the challenge of hosting a virtual event with an abundance of creativity and passion, and a hefty dose of true out-of-the box thinking.’ That out-of-the-box thinking yielded more than $193,000 being raised to support Harbor Country Day School with close to $90,000 being donated by corporate, friends and family event partners.
 
Harbor Country Day School is sincerely grateful to the community and its supporters to help Harbor meet its extraordinary goals and looks forward to the 2022 Spring Benefit scheduled for Friday, March 22.
 
About Harbor Country Day School
Founded in 1958 by conscientious parents, Harbor Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school for children from preschool through 8th grade situated in St. James’ Village of Head of the Harbor. The school employs a whole-child approach to education, wherein its rigorous curriculum is supported by a broad program in its academic, athletic, advisory, and visual and performing arts departments designed to develop all aspects of each child's talents and interests. Harbor Country Day School’s summer camp program, Camp Harbor, is among the leading summer camp programs on Long Island. The school’s mission to “cherish childhood, cultivate wonder, and inspire confident learners and leaders” underscores every child’s experience at Harbor Country Day School and ensures that all of its graduates are prepared to lead fulfilling lives filled with wonder, confidence, and many successes. 
 
Harbor Country Day School is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by and a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). It is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees.  For more information, visit www.hcdsny.org.
 

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