Excelling in Education

2015 was the most successful fundraising year in history for KID smART, earning 16 percent of the organization’s operating budget. “Cocktails for KID smART” hosted many teaching artists and school leaders to help celebrate this momentous achievement.

Jill McKay Pipes and Suzanne Dumez chaired the event. Caroline and André Robert served as hosts.

Speakers included Scott Howard, Executive Director Echo Olander and Ronicka Briscoe, principal of Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy. George Dunbar was the featured artist, who donated a painting for the live auction along with Callan Contemporary’s Borislava and Steven Callan.

Three teaching artists led art activities: Suzanna Ritz led Leaf Art, Renee Anderson led a mask-making station and Veronica Giraldo made wearable art pins with guests.

Joel Catering and Special Events provided food, and Sucré provided delectable desserts. Music was provided by Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses and John Lisi.

200 patrons attended the event to celebrate KID smART’s record-breaking year.


What: “Cocktails for KID smART,” benefiting KID smART
When: Wednesday, October 28
Where: Hosted by Caroline and André Robert


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