Mountain Mayhem: Into the Woods |

Mountain Mayhem: Into the Woods

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

Wildwood School’s annual fundraiser took place Friday, April 5, at the Hotel Jerome. More than 140 guests took part in the springtime gala, supporting and celebrating the environmental education-focused preschool.

This year’s theme was “Into the Woods,” which was creatively interpreted by guests with how they dressed. Many wore woodsy apparel such as floral patterns while unique accouterments from flower crowns to birds’ nests added a bit of whimsy.

All enjoyed a cocktail reception, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. The most inspiring news of all from the evening was that the fundraising records weren’t just broken, but smashed with the online and live auctions raising over $55,000 and the whole event bringing in over $135,000.

“These kind of numbers are remarkable and so meaningful for Wildwood,” wrote Becky Helmus, the longtime director of the school, in a thank-you email following the event. “It was incredible to see the parents, community and local businesses support our unique and nonprofit school. All the funds raised go toward our daily operating costs and new this summer, a brand new-grow/vegetable dome that’s being installed at Wildwood, a great and fun learning tool for the children who attend the school now and those who will come in the future.”

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