This year’s Village of Dreams Gala, held on Friday, June 15th, was a tremendous success! It was a celebration of this past year at Riverview, as well as all of the years to come. The event was filled with live music, live and silent auctions, and fine dining, and was hosted by Master of Ceremonies (and Riverview parent!) Paula Zahn; journalist, newscaster, and producer and host of the true crime documentary series “On the Case with Paula Zahn.”
The auctions items were amazing and included a trip to New York City to ring in the New Year, a summer of Red Sox tickets, romantic tropical getaways, fine jewelry, gorgeous art pieces, Head of School for the Day, and much more, drawing in lots of bidders.
Additionally, this year’s Fund a Dream focused on technology at Riverview, where we are aiming to continue the growth and integration of technology in our classrooms, both by updating the network and by providing and utilizing adaptive learning tools, Virtual and Augmented Reality, drones, robots, and more. All of this is incredibly important in order to continue building our students’ skills and technical aptitude, but couldn’t be done without the support of the Gala attendees, who raised $440,000 by pledging their support during Fund a Dream. There was even a Virtual Reality station in the tent, where attendees could wear VR goggles and be transported under the sea and around the world, showing guests one of the ways that this groundbreaking technology could be used in Riverview’s classrooms. The technology was kindly donated for the event by Virtual Reality Rental.
Along with all of the excitement, the Gala honored Michael and Susan Weiner, Riverview alumni parents who were presented with this year’s “Dream Maker Award,” given annually to someone who selflessly gives of their time, talents, and influence to grow the Riverview community and help it to thrive. The Weiner’s became involved with Riverview in 2001 when their son Zack, a 2008 alum, began attending the school. Mike, a financial planner, offers free services to all Riverview parents to assist them in planning their child’s future beyond Riverview, and both he and Sue have continuously worked to build a foundation of information and support among alumni families and parents of children with special needs, directly impacting hundreds of families and their children, aiding the Riverview community and beyond. This year’s award was especially noteworthy because it was the first time in the history of the “Dream Maker Award” that it was selected due to the recommendation of Riverview parents.
All of these things, and more, made this night one to remember. It also was a huge fundraising success, bringing in over $842,000 for Riverview, enabling us to continue our mission, grow our technology and more. Thank you so much to all of our supporters, we can’t wait to see you at next year’s Gala!