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The Benjamin School's 26th Annual BASH Gala
05/01/2010 - By Palm Beach, FL

The Benjamin School's 26th Annual BASH Gala

More than 300 Benjamin School supporters came together on Saturday, May 1, 2010 for The Benjamin School’s 26th annual BASH (Building a Scholastic Heritage), the school’s major fundraising event of the year.

The gala, which raised over $1 million for The Benjamin School, was chaired by Betsy and James Meany and Kim and Ray Celedinas. Mary and Dan Stanton served as honorary chairs.

This year’s gala, titled ‘An Evening in South Beach,’ was held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and was produced by the premier event planning company, Rafanelli Events. Following dinner and an exciting live auction, the venue was transformed into ‘Club Lydian,’ a South Beach-style nightclub made possible with the support of longtime BASH corporate sponsor Lydian Bank & Trust. Other major benefactors included The Celedinas Family, Susan and Charles Barker, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, The Stanton Family, and Sheila and Seth Waugh.

Gala attendees were treated to a live performance by electric violinist Caitlin Moe and then danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Mia Moretti. Benjamin supporters bid on more than 300 unique silent and live auction items including luxury travel packages, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf cart, a Segway all-terrain vehicle, a five-day cruise on an 82-foot Viking sport-fishing boat, and a private wine-tasting/dinner in an exclusive Palm Beach wine cellar.

All proceeds from the BASH Gala support The Benjamin School’s operating budget, including need-based financial assistance, academic programs and faculty salaries. The annual event has raised more than $6 million over its 26-year history.

Photos courtesy of Lydian Bank & Trust

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