On Friday, March 27th, Margo and Roger Coleman of Plandome and Manhasset residents Elliot and Lori Fleishhacker were honored at Adventures in Learning’s 5th Annual Wine and Tasting Soirée at the Village Club of Sands Point.
This annual fundraiser supports Adventures’ after school academic program for children in the Spinney Hill area of Manhasset and Great Neck.
As guests strolled from room to room through the magnificent décor provided by Debbie and Steve Boehl of Westhampton’s Honeysuckle and Roses, they not only sampled the delicious wine and tastings pairings, but also had delightful fun posing mockingly in the photo booth, as well as enjoying the amazing exhibits on display.
One and all were astonished by the magnificent photographic portraits exhibited by Deborah Feingold of Manhasset. She is internationally known for her famous portraits of President Barack Obama, actress Sarah Jessica parker, the late poet Maya Angelou and many other celebrities.
Manhasset High School’s AP art students also showed their multi-faceted artwork. Adventures’ supporters could be heard remarking about the students’ sophisticated level of creativity, technique and talent.
Two Adventures’ alumnae, sisters, also spoke about the life-changing impact that Adventures had on their lives. They emphasized the significant academic start given them by the Adventures’ staff, especially since they came from a non-English-speaking household. The teachers fostered their love for reading and scouting, too.
Adventures’ Executive Director Diana Holden thanked everyone for coming. She also noted that this year’s soirée grossed significantly above its target. Ms. Holden said that Adventures had a wonderful surprise this year with the addition of two noteworthy private donations.
“On behalf of everyone at Adventures, I don’t know where to begin thanking everybody for their generosity,” she said. “As we know, raising funds is not easy, but our community’s support and dedication is invaluable. I would also like to mention that our goal-driven fundraising committee is a hardworking, dedicated, cohesive group of volunteers. They are not only exceptional, but unique, as is Adventures’ incredible staff. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all.”
Founded 45 years ago, Adventures in Learning is an after-school education and enrichment program, located in the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC building, 65 High Street, Manhasset, dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.