With a turnout of nearly 300 people at the beautifully restored home of generous hosts, Claudia and Rob Fauber, at 530 Monterey Avenue, the annual Pelham Preservation & Garden Society fundraiser on SaturdAy, June 10 was a rousing success. Gorgeous evening weather greeted the crowds at last while the preceding mild spring kept the Fauber’s gorgeous garden lush and inviting. The Fauber’s porch and beautiful two-level lawn made a welcoming site for PP&GS supporters. The event was truly a community-wide effort. All food and beverages for the event were donated by the organization’s board members and community volunteers, allowing more funds to go directly to projects of restoration and beautification.
A successful silent auction offered an interesting array of experiences including: a Sunset Sailboat Excursion donated by the Kalehoffs; A Private Tour of Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. for up to six people with transportation was donated by Nathan Pereira and Peltown; Tracee Neumann of the Garden Room donated a consultation for her gorgeous planters. Other popular items included a consult to build a family Perennial or Edible Garden which was donated by Nature’s Cradle. For the soccer enthusiasts, Brad Pursel donated four NYCFC game tickets. A travel ping pong set and Cantina Lobos gift card as well as travel bocce ball sets and gift cards donated by both La Fontanella and Caffe Regatta rounded out a wonderful selection of downtown Pelham experiences. While the Picture House, a longtime supporter of PPGS silent auctions, donated a family membership and the Village Wine and Liquor, French Wine Shop and Blue Dog generously donated a curated collection of wines.
Raffle tickets were also sold for a collection of summer dining in Pelham. The lucky winners, Gina and Mike Flynn, were thrilled to learn they were able to enjoy lovely meals at Prime 16, Jordan Hall, Sergio’s, Villagio’s and Rockwell’s gratis. In addition, the organization asked for Twenties for Trees to raise money specifically for shade tree plantings in public spaces. Donors signed a “Leave Pelham Leafy” signature board and dropped their twenties in a bucket as a literal and figurative “drop in the bucket.”
The vast majority of the organization’s fundraising happens through its annual benefit, so this incredible turnout and silent auction will help make beautiful things happen in Pelham. Among the projects underway at PPGS, the organization is the installation of new reproduction period street sign brackets along Pelhamdale Avenue, a pergola among the trees in Wolfs Lane Park, as well as others.
If you were unable to attend but would like to become a member or donate to Pelham Preservation’s restoration and beautification efforts, visit pelhampreservationsociety.com