Supporting Creative Learning.


Gala 2013

The Rhinebeck Science Foundation (RSF) proudly presents:

“Fly Me to the Moon – A Celestial Celebration”

A stellar evening of Drinks, Delicacies and Dancing under the stars.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and volunteers for making this year’s gala a huge success for our schools and a great time for all who attended.

Grasmere Farm

Iliana van Meeteren & Terence Boylan
Tanya & Robert Murray
Omega Center for Sustainable Living
Randy & Lyle Wienick
Culinary Institute of America
M&O Sanitation

Charny & Associates
Jamie Kibel & Michael DeCola
Miriam & Eric Goldstone
Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
Health Quest Medical Practice
HealthQuest Systems
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Mid-Hudson Medical Group
Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County
Dana & Darin Page
Premier Medical Group
Steve Jenkins & Kathy Malaga
Jenn LaBelle design | coaching
Old Mill Wine & Spirits
Rhinebeck Rentals
Richard Prouse
Royal Carting Service Co.
Sean Hansen Electric

Maureen & Lucas Terranova
Williams Lumber & Home Centers
Jacob Hutchings
Samuel’s Sweet Shoppe & Coffee Bar

Michael Haggerty, Allstate Insurance
Buttonwood Farm
Cabin Fever Outfitters
EMA, Kingston Hospital ED Doctors
Hummingbird Jewelers
JSA Financial Group
Guy Lawson & Maya Kaimal
McCabe & Mack LLP
Darrelyn Brennan, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market

Benefit Steering Committee
Martha Tobias, Chairperson
Melissa LeHane, Auction Chairperson

Sharon & Jim Coughlan
Jamie Kibel & Michael DeCola
Sarah & Charles Derbyshire
Julia Goldman
Jennifer & Ali Hammoud
Karen & Sean Hansen
Kyla & Clifford Hart
Rebecca Holt
Sarah & Jacob Hutchings
Johnny LeHane
Dana & Darin Page
Richard Prouse
Laura & Andrew Schulkind
Leah & Matt Stickle
Maureen & Lucas Terranova
David Tobias
Annette & Tom Vaccaro
Randi & Lyle Wienick

Our Many Volunteers
Suellen Albahary
Carol Bancroft
Jennifer & Paul Beichert
Renee Bergin
Jennifer Brizzi
Metta Callahan
Yvette Callahan
Michelle Carroll
Barry Cohen
Sarah Fajardo
Meredith Ferber
Peter Gadsby
Mark Graffam
Tom and Dede McKibbin-Vaughan
Wendi Rinaldi
Bonnie Schweppe
Daniel Shanahan
Maureen Terranova
Sara Ugolini
Alison Vaccarino
Lara Viator
Kristin Voorhis
Mary Yankajitis

Student Volunteers
Emmanuel Balcazar
Kate Bergin
Chris Cassens
Amy Catalano
Anna Charny
Emily Duke
Avi Goldman
Shoshana Goldman
Gabe Hammoud
Maggie Hanson
Giancarlo Calvo Herring
Mikaela Holt
Abby Liscum
Madison Lortie
Christopher Marvin
Suki McCarty
Eliza Mulvaney
Kate Muste
Max Nadel
Craig Pavord
Willa Pruitt
Kiley Quackenbush
Nick Vacarro
John Vacarro
Adam Valle
Christina Zhang

And Our In-Kind Donors
Mariana & Jonathan Mensch
Tom Vaccaro
Richard Prouse
Gianni Scappin
Jenn LaBelle
Sarah & Charles Derbyshire
Jason Stern; Chronogram
Sean Hansen
Heather & Butch Cimorelli
Royal Carting
Jeronimo Lavariega
Sarah & Jacob Hutchings
Ira Gutner
Jen & Paul Beichert
Grand Cru
Tim Martin
Mark Graffam
Leslie McNeil

Here’s just a sampling of the silent auction items you can win at the RSF Gala!

Principal For a Day
Your child could rule the roost, at least for a day!

Yankee Tickets
4 seats to the NY Yankees v. Toronto Blue Jays game on Friday, May 17.
Thanks to Royal Carting for their generous donation.

Il Grande Prato
4 nights at this century-old farm in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. You can enjoy Italian cooking lessons, picnics in the hills or visits to the local olive groves…

Duck Creek, Utah
If Europe’s not your thing, perhaps the mountain air is what speaks to you. Enjoy 7 nights in a 4-bedroom, 3-bath luxury cabin in Duck Creek, Utah. Thank you to Heather and Michael Cassano for their generous donation.

Wine Tasting
Or maybe the comfort of your own home is the way to go. You and your friends can spend an evening sipping wines from the region of your choice with Rhinebeck’s own Charles Derbyshire of Old Mill Wine & Spirits.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at UPAC
Have a wild and crazy time with 2 tickets to see Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell. Their blend of bluegrass banjo and sweet folk songs include the song “Love Has Come For You.” June 23rd performance at UPAC theater. Value $150

Family Photo by Kathy Cassens
Capture a moment in your family’s history with a family portrait. Local photographer Kathy Cassens will provide a sitting either in her studio or in a local place of your choice. Includes one 8″ x 11″ and one 11″ x 14″ print, as well as access to photo sharing. Value $200

Glass-blowing Class
Take a lesson in glass sculpting with Rhinebeck glass artist Barry Entner. During the 2-hour private demonstration and hands-on class you will observe techniques and produce your own piece to take home. Dates to be determined. Must be at least 14 years of age. Value $250

High Ropes Course
Camp Ramapo’s new ropes course/rock wall facilities are a great way to learn the basics of climbing. A 4-hour session for 12 people and you will discover the thrills of high and low ropes courses. Book Aug 2013 – April 2014. (Children must be 8 years of age for high ropes.) Value $250

Personal Van Service
Relax and sit back and let your own personal taxi driver whisk you off to Dutchess County’s sights, wine tours, house tours or parties. DeFile Transportation tours a a group of 10 people a van reserved for 5 hours within the county limits. Driver, tip and fuel included. Value $600

Golf at Wiltwyck
It’s par for the course on the beautiful links at Kingston’s Wiltwyck Golf Club. Four 9-hole golf passes. (Does not include cart.) Then enjoy a nice tavern lunch at the Hoffman House in Kingston with a $30 gift certificate. Total value $340

Chocolate Gifts
Exquisite chocolates and confections await at the Oliver Kita Chocolate Studio. Indulge with a $25 gift certificate and the books The Chocolate Therapist by Julie Pech and Cooking with Chocolate by Dwayne Ridgaway. Total value $55

Free-Range Eggs
Fresh farm eggs are a delicious luxury for exquisite omelets, souffles, custards, or any other egg dish. 3 months of eggs (1 dozen per week) from local chicken wrangler Sarah Hutchings. Value $50

Pate and Pickle Basket
Grab a knife and a bottle of wine for this picnic to go from local purveyor Sarah Hutchings. Value $50

Wine Tasting
Host an in-home wine course offered by Charles Derbyshire of Old Mill Wine & Spirits. Six lucky imbibers will learn about and compare varietals, flavor profiles, some history and probably a few jokes thrown in. Great idea for a birthday party, bridal shower, or any special get together. Wines to be determined. Value $225

Mushroom Hunt
Foraging for mushrooms is an exciting but daunting mission. Local mushroom hunter Sarah Hutchings will lead the way on an expedition which might unearth morels, chanterelles or hen-of-the-woods. Value $80

Dinner for 10 by Tim Callahan
Chef Tim Callahan brings the party chez vous! The buyer chooses the menu, and Tim will shop, plan and prepare the meal for 10 people, with service. Cost of ingredients and beverages not included. Value $300

Cajun Dinner for 6
Chef Ryan Viator, exec chef of Boiston’s reestaurant in Kingston, will conduct a private cooking class in your home featuring the cusine 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. Value $350

Lebanese BBQ for 10
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; belly dancing at your own discretion. Use by September 15, 2013. Value $500

Dinner for 4 at Le Petit Bistro
Joe and Jenn Dalu invite 4 lucky romantics 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. (Gratuity, tax, beverages not included). Value $200

Dinner for 4 at CIA
At the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, the only spying is done on the serving and cooking staffs! Your assignment is to choose which restaurant to visit with a gift certificate for 4 people for dinner. Does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity. Value $220

Dinner at Aroi
Curry someone’s favor by treating them to dinner at Aroi Thai Restaurant in Rhinebeck. Two $50 gift certificates will spice up date night. Beverages and tax not included. Value $75

Pie Baking Lesson
Learn how to make a fantastic pie, and eat it too. Local blue ribbon-winning pie baker Lottchen Shivers will teach the basics of crusts, fillings and baking pies, and you can take home the finished product. Value $100

Dinner at Mercato
House-made pastas, local produce, salumi and cheeses, and delicious daily specials are the fare at Red Hook’s Mercato restaurant. A $75 gift certificate will lead you down the road to culinary happiness. Included with Italian Cooking by Gianni Scappin of the CIA and Market Street Restaurant. Total value $110

Spa Day at Haven
The Royal Treatment package at elegant Haven Spa is a full day of luxurious services. Spend the day being pampered with treatments such as a facial, stone massage, spa manicure and pedicure, sea salt body rub, and make-up refresher. Also included are superb Environ skin care products: eye gel, moisturizing toner, cleansing lotion and spf 25 sunscreen. Total value $550

Pilates Lessons
A great way to stay in shape, Pilates is now an integral part of daily workouts. A semi-private lesson for 2 people includes 2 tower sessions for each at the Pilates Center in Rhinebeck. Total value $190