The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation will be channeling Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Casablanca this year for a fundraiser that promises to turn the Orienta Beach Club into Rick’s Café Americain on Saturday, May 15th . at 6:30 p.m.
“We feel the perfect antidote for the stress and strain of everyday life might be a little nostalgia and a lot of romanticism,” said Jennifer Malherbe, one of the evening’s co-chairs along with Laura Lavan and Rosie Murtagh.
The event is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser of the year, and determines how many programs it can fund out of the many grant application it receives from the Mamaroneck School District administration and teachers. For the upcoming year, “Mamaroneck Schools Foundation has awarded 31 grants for a total of $275,000. And the grants cut across every curriculum area, and every school in the district, as well.” said Ms. Lavan.
The event has new support this year. “We are delighted to welcome J. Crew as our newest major sponsor,” said Ms. Murtagh. LandRover Larchmont, Ethnika and Wine Gems at Perriello’s Cantina are other new sponsors. They join longtime supporter, Julia B. Fee/Sotheby’s.
Fun Starts at the “Night” — and Before
The “Night” will start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be dancing to evocative music from the movie, as well as a contemporary tune or two.
Casablanca fashion is the suggested (but optional) dress code for the evening: for women, a fitted 2-piece suits (and perhaps a curved-brim hat with small side bow) or maybe a flouncy cocktail dress; for men tan trousers (cuffed, of course), wide-brimmed fedora tilted toward the eyes and a 5 o’clock shadow, accessorized with a trench coat.
For additional entertainment, there will be Black Jack, Roulette and Craps, plus live and silent auctions that are expected to be larger than previous years. Among the choices are a villa in Sonoma Wine Country, a kayak adventure, Lady GaGa tickets and chauffeur, a Moroccan dinner for 10, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” Party, tickets for “Glee” and golf at Wykagyl. There’s also a raffle for an Apple iPad and a Google phone.
You don’t have to be at the function to get in on the bidding. There are absentee bidding forms plus information on the items and the bidding on the MSF’s website.
Tickets for the evening start at $140 per person; to purchase or to learn more about the event or the auction, see www.mamaroneckschoolsfoundation.org
The organizers welcome the community to “get your Bogie and your Bergman on and swing on over to the Orienta Beach Club on Saturday, May 15th, 6:30 pm. Because if you don’t, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon…and for the rest of your life. — And here’s looking at you, kid.”