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Education Foundation Gala tickets available

Red Hook Central School District

The party, on June 21, will be at Bard College’s Spiegeltent, and the purpose is Red Hook Central School District students.

The Red Hook Education Foundation is holding its 12th annual Fundraising Gala. The theme for the June 21 event, which will run 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., is “Masquerade Ball.”

The nonprofit foundation has raised roughly a half-million dollars since its creation in 2010, which has been used to help fund new educational programs, teacher-led initiatives, new equipment for tech and art programs, the Summer Academy, the Student in Need Fund and the annual eighth-grade field trip. More than $112,000 raised went to the creation of the high school Performing Arts Center; it’s also contributed to creating the Mill Road Outdoor Stage and funding such clubs as Model UN and the Robotics Team.

The gala will feature food, cocktails and music. Guests are invited to wear their “most mysterious, fascinating and elegant outfit” to the Bard venue, the use of which was donated to the foundation. Tickets can be purchased for $120 each; anyone interested in becoming a sponsor can email Sponsorship levels, which begin at $300, include such benefits as an ad in the program, recognition online or, for platinum sponsors, signage at the event.

Recently retired Red Hook High School social studies teacher Mike McCrudden will be honored as this year’s Frank Knobloch award recipient. McCrudden spent 21 years in the district as a teacher, mentor, coach and student club adviser. He was also the International Baccalaureate program coordinator, helping to build and shape the academic offering.

“Consistently supportive and non-judgmental,” the foundation wrote of McCrudden, “his kindness, care, and creativity has left an indelible mark on his students and colleagues.

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