30th Anniversary Gala Highlights 2014

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This year, we surpassed attendance goals, donation goals, and sponsorship goals for the Spring Gala! We are thankful to have such a great community supporting our students and our Center. Special thanks to everyone who attended, donated, volunteered and supported the 2014 Spring Gala!
The event was a huge success.

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Mary Lee and Linda Neugebauer

This year’s Gala was extra special as we celebrated the Center’s 30th Anniversary. Current families, alumni, faculty and staff and friends of the Center gathered together for an evening of fundraising, memories and support for CMEC. It was fun to see so many faces from the past, including alumni who were students at the school over 20 years ago!

We are thrilled to share the fundraising total from the evening: The live auction, silent auction, Fund the Need, raffle ticket sales, event sponsorship,
wine wall and ticket sales helped us to raise over $120,000!

Like the first Spring Gala 30 years ago, proceeds from this evening allow CMEC to provide high quality care and education to a diverse community. A socio economically diverse community is part of our mission and contributes to the strength and richness of our school. Funds raised at the Gala support direct financial aid to students as well as help defer the costs not covered by scholarship and subsidy programs. The generosity of the CMEC community year after year at this event makes it possible for the Center to fulfill its mission.

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Amy Gussler, George Award Winner

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Kari Reeb, George Award Winner

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george award winners

The George Award, named in honor of George Neugebauer, is presented annually at the Gala to a Columbus Montessori volunteer for outstanding service and commitment to children. George Neugebauer is the husband of Columbus Montessori co-founder, Linda Neugebauer.

This year’s winners were Kari Reeb and Amy Gussler! Both women demonstrate outstanding commitment to the children at our Center. Kari has dedicated herself to creating and sustaining the school library. Amy has given countless hours as a volunteer in the classroom over the past decade.

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fund the need

Special thanks to Bill Litfin for sharing his family’s story of commitment to CMEC to kick off the Fund the Need opportunity at the Gala.

Proceeds from the Fund the Need at the end of the Live Auction provides financial assistance to qualifying families, increasing their access to a quality education. This year, Fund the Need brought in $20,050! The funds raised are being matched with $20,000 thanks to the generiosity of Peggy and Bill Fein and Melody Steely and Steve Gussler, for a total of $40,050!

If you were unable to attend the Gala, but would like to contribute to CMEC, please stop by the front office to pick up a “Fund the Need” commitment form, contribute through our website or contribute through the link below.  Thank you for helping us raise the necessary funds to help students access a great education at CMEC!

raffle ticket winners

Congratulations to the Holt family, winner of the grand prize of $1000 from the raffle ticket drawing! The second prize, being “Executive Director for the Day,” went to the Batt family. Congratulations to the Maynard Family for selling the most raffle tickets!

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thank you to our Gala Chair

Special thanks to our Gala Chair, Linsey Skolds; Silent Auction Chair, Carmel Avegnon Sanders and Development Chair, Joanna Helon and the rest of our Gala Volunteers. Their commitment to CMEC made our 30th Anniversary Gala a huge success!


Mark your calendar for next year’s Spring Gala! Same time, same place, same date! MAY 2, 2015

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Linsey Skolds

SUPPORTING SPONSOR:Nationwide Children's Hospital

Morna and Gary Smith

Victoria MotorsQuelvid & Tania Malave

Peggy and Bill Fein
Melody Steely and Steve Gussler

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Feedback on the Gala? Contact gala@columbusmontessori.org [mailto:gala@columbusmontessori.org]