We celebrated 12 years of learning at Third Degree Glass Factory, on May 23! With a different location from previous years, we experienced a record-setting ticket sales and funds raised. It was a night filled with generosity, emotion and fun - all in support of the Maren Fund.
Almost 200 guests convened at Third Degree Glass Factory, an urban art gallery and working glass studio in the Loop. In addition to food and drinks, attendees got to watch live glass-blowing demonstrations and fire performances and look at artwork on display.
New this year - our fundraiser featured a hour-long program, led by a Maren Fund parent Mary Suzanne Crockett. The program included an oral auction, fund-a-need and special recognition of our retiring teacher and staff member, Mary Sinnett.
Oral auction items included:
BBQ smoker, donated from Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
Garden consultation and planter pot, donated by Kirkwood Home & Landscaping
Hand-made, cedar patio cooler, donated by Matt Olinger
Opportunity to sit-in on the Charlie Brennan show, donated by KMOX
Glass piece of choice, made that night at the venue, from Third Degree Glass Factory
In addition to celebrating learning, we also celebrated our dear teacher and staff member, Mary Sinnett. Mary has been a valuable asset to the Maren Fund: Teaching Toddler Time, Early Childhood, and Junior Grad Group classes and planning the lessons for over half of our classes. After over 10 years with the Maren Fund and multiple decades of teaching overall, Mary is retiring.
All Maren Fund interns helped put on the event, helping with set up, check-in, raffle tickets and other games. Additionally, a few high school students attended to celebrate the retirement of their longtime teacher, Mary.
Donations from the fund-a-need raised enough money to support the Maren Fund internship program, purchase Chromebooks for After School Academy, provide scholarships to more families and create special in-class and take-home materials for all of our classes.
Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us and donated to our organization. We are overjoyed by the amount of love and support we received at the event!