Hollywood comes to Rhinebeck
Under the super moon Saturday night, public school supporters gathered to raise money and awareness for STEM education – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The historic Grasmere barns sparkled brilliantly for the movie award themed event where New York State Assemblyman, Kevin Cahill was honored as, “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his consistent support in improving education.
The annual benefit is hosted by Rhinebeck Science Foundation to ‘put on the Ritz’ for the public schools. “We have an amazingly supportive community that pulls together to make incredible events like this happen and a school system that is committed to continued innovation,” says Jennifer Hammoud, president of the foundation.
Guests dazzled the red carpet dressed as classic stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Clark Gable and contemporary actors such as Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder with one guest arriving in gold paint like the iconic statuette. They were greeted and interviewed by local television personality, Kimberly Kay and then walked into the huge stone barn transformed into a glamorous Hollywood party space by Martha Tobias and Richard Prouse. An enormous mural of Oscar, painted by Prouse dominated the festivities. The event also starred a spectacular spread of desserts by The Culinary Institute of America.
Rhinebeck’s Superintendent of schools, Joseph Phelan summed it all up with, “The evening’s event was a tribute to all of those stars in our community who have worked so hard over the years to support the Rhinebeck school district’s effort to increase opportunities for our students to become more engaged in hands-on science and mathematics using cutting-edge equipment, curricula, and teacher training.”