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Sold-Out Crowd for Ira Glass Event

Sunday's event was a hit with the audience, and raised more than $30,000 to expand Seth Boyden's outdoor learning center.


Seth Boyden's "A Conversation with Culture" series got off to a roaring start on Sunday night as Ira Glass and his "This American Life" staff regaled a sold-out audience from the stage of Columbia High School. 

"It was not only a sold-out crowd, but it was a sold-out crowd of excited, enthusiastic, energetic 'This American Life' groupies," said Seth Boyden PTA President Susie Adamson. 

"It was a terrific program, both insightful and full of the incredible wit and humor Ira Glass brings to This American Life," said Seth Boyden parent Amie Herman. "A delight to have Ira and his talented team come share with us!!" 

The event raised $31,500 for Seth Boyden Demonstration School's Outdoor Learning Center. "Thanks to last night, we will be installing another piece of playground equipment before the end of this school year!" said Adamson. 

Glass and upcoming speaker Tim Gunn were attracted to the event by Seth Boyden parents Peri Smilow, Budd Mishkin and Julie Snyder. Snyder is a senior producer on "This American Life." Mishkin has interviewed Gunn numerous times. And Smilow is the force behind organizing the entire series.

Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" fame will be coming to CHS on Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general seating, $50 for premium seating, and $40 for tickets purchased at the show (general seating). The performance will be sign language interpreted. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/317681

"This is a pretty exciting time to be a family at Seth Boyden!" said Adamson.

Amy Higer January 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM
It was a really wonderful evening at Columbia! One more thing: Whole Foods of Union generously donated popcorn for the event, and the store has designated this Wednesday, January 16th, "Seth Boyden OLC Day" at the store. If you shop there on Wednesday, 5% of the money you spend will go toward providing a playground and outdoor classroom for the children at Seth Boyden Elementary School. Please spread the word!
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi January 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Thanks for letting us know, Amy!


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