Supporting Creative Learning.


Gala 2012

RSF Fourth Annual Spring Celebration

Thanks to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and to everyone who came out and made our Spring Celebration a success again!

“An Evening At the Academy Awards”
Saturday, May 5th, 2012
6pm – 10pm
The Barns at Grasmere

The theme for this year’s gala is “An Evening At the Academy Awards.” Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour. Enter our “Ride In Style” raffle to be whisked to and from the gala with your friends in your own private limousine provided by Black Diamond Limos and sponsored by Timely Signs.

The evening will once again take place at The Barns at Grasmere and will feature incredible food, great music, and exciting live and silent auctions.

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Interested in supporting hands-on education in Rhinebeck? Become a sponsor! Click to RSF Spring Gala 2012 Sponsorship Packages or contact fundraising chair, Ali Hammoud, at 845-876-0748 or via email.

Silent Auction Items
More silent auction items will be posted as they arrive. Don’t forget to check out the amazing African safari to Zulu Nyala Lodge.

Cheetahs And Elephants And Hippos, Oh My!
Find your inner Hemingway on an unforgettable photo safari trip to Zululand, South Africa. The beautiful Zulu Nyala lodge offers a 6-night stay for 2 in your choice of luxury tents or bungalow-style rooms. Swimming pools, tennis, massage and spa, not to mention twice-daily safari excursions to see leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and so much more.

Pumping Iron
Get in shape and have fun this summer using the fantastic facilities at Bard’s Stevenson Gym. Squash, volleyball and basketball courts, fitness center as well as a 6-lane 25-yard pool. A book of 12 family passes.

The Paper Chase
Getting into college these days takes a little ingenuity, and a little help from Marybeth Cale. She can help navigate through the process with a full array of services and workshops that cover everything from the basics of college admissions to the maze of financial aid planning. Good for a 2-hour one-on-one session or workshop registration fees

Gardener of Eden
Landscape designer Sheila Maloney comes to the rescue with an assortment of plants, just right for your own garden conditions. After an initial on-site consultation an array of 9 to 12 herbaceous plants (perennials, grasses, or ferns) will be provided with recommendations for placement

Rabbit-filled hats, card tricks, reappearing coins–a magic show is a classic event at kids birthday parties. Magician Scott Brod entertains with his 45-minute magic show and balloon animals. Ages 4-11.

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…Take a 2-hour tour of the beautiful Hudson River with local sailors Stefanie and Gerald Kufner aboard their 24-foot Trimaran. Lounge on the trampoline and sip champagne while sailing the river blue. Laughter and salty stories included.

Cinema Paradiso

Just like the movie moguls, you can attend a private movie screening of your choice with John Pruitt, Assoc. Prof of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College. Theater can accommodate 4-50 people at the Bard campus and film can be negotiated depending on interest, genre, period, etc. Lively discussion will follow!

Streetfood Named Desire

Chef Ryan Viator will conduct a private cooking class for in your home featuring the cuisine of his native Louisiana. Six lucky diners will get to feast on bayou specialties as they come roux-ing, etoufee-ing and blackening out of the pan! Beverages not included.

French Connection
Joe and Jenn Dalu invite 2 romantic diners for dinner at Le Petit Bistro. Savor the restaurant’s classic French fare, such as pâté de maison or coquilles St. Jacques, or try a dish like zesty fish tacos from the inspired and delicious daily specials menu.

Beach Blanket Bingo
Host your own pool party and Lebanese barbeque for 10 at the home of Ali and Jen Hammoud. Their lovely secluded pool overlooks rolling hills and horse farms and the menu includes delicacies such as shish kebabs, hummus, baba ghanoush, kofta, dessert, wine & beer and lots more. Bring your own towels; Watusi at your own risk.

Lucky Day
You’ll feel movie star glamorous after a Spa Renewal Day at Canyon Ranch. You and a friend can relax at the famous retreat in Lenox, MA amidst the stunning grounds and uber-chic spa facilities and enjoy all the amenities such as pool & whirlpool, fitness center, and a healthy gourmet lunch. Also included is a $130 voucher towards any of the spa services such as massage, facial, or hair appointment.

Going Sideways
Take a private tour of the rolling vineyards, cellars and, of course, the tasting room to sip some of Millbrook’s finest wines.  Four wine lovers can see first hand how this local winery has grown into one of the Hudson Valley’s best wine producers.

Big Night
On any given weeknight we ask ourselves, “French? Italian? or local American?” The delicious choice is yours with a gift certificate for dinner for 4 at any restaurant at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

A Perfect Getaway
Get out of busy downtown Rhinebeck for a “Rest and Relaxation” weekend at Omega Institute.  Unwind and find your inner serenity during a 2-night stay (double room for one person) and take advantage of classes such as meditation, tai chi or yoga, kayak or swim in the lake, or simply read in the garden. Enjoy healthy nutritious foods in the dining hall or café or peruse the 7,000 book library dedicated to healthy living.

Summer in the Rockies is never as beautiful.  A luxury cabin in Duck Creek Utah (40 minutes from Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon) is available for one week (7 nights). The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin sleeps 12. Also enjoy the gourmet kitchen, fireplace, pool table, wrap-around deck with grill and much more amidst the breathtaking views of Strawberry Valley.

West Side Story
Hear jazz at the Blue Note, have a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery or window shop along the charming streets of the West Village all during a weekend at your own apartment. Located at 12th St. and 8th Ave, the apartment (owned by Clifford and Kyla Hart) has 1 1/2 bedrooms, a fireplace, and is wonderfully located in one of NYC’s most colorful neighborhoods.

Chancellor Livingston’s principal Brett King offers the ultimate inside look at the workings of the elementary school. Take over as “Principal for the Day” and read the morning message, make (or bend) the rules, and have fun as the head of the school.

“You Looking At Me?”
Your personal taxi driver awaits you when DeFile Transportation tours a a group of 10 people throughout Dutchess County’s sights, wine tours, house tours or parties. A van is reserved for 5 hours within the county limits.