The evening of Monday, May 15 brought the highly anticipated Blue and Gold Cocktail Reception and Auction. Friends of York Prep, along with parents and teachers, gathered at the luxury Gansevoort Park Hotel. Since it was located in bustling midtown Manhattan, the hotel was the perfect setting for a lively fundraising event.
Hosted by supermodel Mrs. Veronica Webb Del Gatto, the event was created to foster a greater sense of community. The other key purpose for the reception and auction was to also raise money for scholarships. York gives scholarships to deserving students who could otherwise not afford to attend. Wonderful candidates who enrich the school community with diversity and scholastic excellence. With proceeds going to such a good cause, guests were eager to place their bids and contribute.
At the beginning of the reception and auction school parents and friends enjoyed lite bites like ahi tuna tartare and fried truffle mac & cheese. After they reviewed their catalogs, everyone took some time to peruse the silent auction tables. Eventually friends gathered around high tops scattered throughout the ballroom, waiting for the night’s entertainment. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Marc Cohn‘s special guest performance was a hit. Playing the piano and signing hits like “Dig Deep,” Mr. Cohn was able to put the entire audience in a very giving mood.
With over a hundred items to bid on, including tickets to the hottest Broadway shows, beautiful jewelry, luxury hotel stays, and even a private jet trip, there was something for everyone. The ten item live auction at the end of the night was a particularly exciting affair. It included a private chef dinner party and a South Beach extravaganza. Eventually, the final item auctioned was a “Headmaster for the Day” experience. Because hands were raising left and right, even the fast-talking auctioneer had some difficulty keeping up.
The event organizers made sure that, while not everyone could be a winner, not a single person went home empty handed. Everyone appreciated the lovely blue and gold goodie bags each guest received on their way out.