The Fund-raising Committee for Gambol 2004 held a ceremony commemorating the first-ever brick fund-raiser on June 18. The project involved the creation and installation of bricks, engraved with messages to past and present Schreiber graduates, in an octagonal design around the Schreiber High School flagpole. The sales, at $100 per brick, netted profits of nearly $22,000. In total, the fund-raising efforts for Gambol 2004, themed The Enchanted Castle, have garnered approximately $75,000, the leftovers of which will be used to offset the cost of the Gambol video by $10 and then donated to the cause of Gambol 2005.
Kneeling: Peggy Falconer and Naomi Mott (co-chairs), standing: Schreiber Principal Dr. Banta , committee members Linda Nazryan and Terry Scheiner, designer and landscaper Tony Di Stefano, committee member Angela Rich and Assistant Principal Bob Bracken. Not pictured is Tony Maura who also helped with the landscaping.
The brick fund-raiser ceremony testified to the success of this year's Gambol fund-raising events. Gambol co-chairs Peggy Falconer and Naomi Mott began the event by discussing the importance of maintaining a connection to Schreiber and expressing gratitude to several individuals who greatly influenced the success of the brick project. In particular, Falconer and Mott thanked Superintendent of Schools Geoffrey Gordon, who approved the project; Principal Frank Banta and Assistant Principal Bob Bracken for their support; Fund-raising Committee co-chairs Dana Friedman, Carolyn Levering, Debbie Rashti, and Susan Shattuck; brick project chair Terry Scheiner and coordinators Bonnie Davies, Linda Nazryan, and Angela Rich; and Schreiber parents Tony Di Stefano and John Maura for laying the bricks and designing the landscaping, respectively.
In addition to the brick project, this year saw the birth of the Cigar Night fund-raiser, which provided a masculine counterpart to the traditional Ladies' Night Out. One very successful fund-raiser held during Ladies' Night Out auctioned off the name of a future Susan Isaacs' book character.
The committee also held the familiar fund-raiser of Bowling Night, which honored Bob and Linda Bracken and involved "a complete sellout of Herrill Lanes," according to Shattuck. The currently-in-progress Enchanted Books fund-raiser, also a repeat performance of past fund-raisers, allows parents to send messages to their graduates. In addition, the $2 "seniorgrams" present an opportunity for community members to send seniors their congratulations.
In comparison with the Gambol fund-raising of previous years, the 2004 fund-raising saw increased monetary gains in the replicated events, plus very successful new additions, particularly the brick project. Unlike past efforts, this year's did not include a mailing requesting donations. Shattuck commented, "We wanted a feeling of community spirit[...]because the town is really generous and makes it possible." Scheiner added, "That's why the Gambol gives back to the community." She discussed the opportunity to view the Gambol setup prior to the event, as well as Port Washington's unique tradition in which the town witnesses the seniors' dramatic walk down the red carpet.
Scheiner commented that chairing the brick fund-raiser "was a lot of fun, and it's beautiful, it really is." The fund-raiser will be held again next year; interest in purchasing engraved bricks should be directed to Schreiber High School, attention Naomi Mott.