This past Friday, over 225 guests came together for a night under the stars at Burnt Mills Cider Company in Bedminster, NJ, in support of GSB. This year’s theme, Jubilee Jamboree, honored the 50th anniversary of the merger of the St. Bernard’s School and the Gill School.
Throughout the night, GSB parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and community friends enjoyed a catered raw bar served by Metropolitan Seafood, delicious food and dessert trucks, live music, and an impressive collection of ciders on tap. After guests socialized around picnic benches, lighted trees, and firepits, Head of School Sid Rowell gathered the large group to thank them for attending and shared his appreciation for the tireless effort from the event committee and Parent Co-Chairs Michelle Lawse P ’32, Emily Maillet Kellogg P ’29, and Tanya Moeller P ’32.
Meredith Marks, Director of Development, highlighted the success of last year’s event and the impact it had on the school. “Because of our community’s generosity, we were able to send Farm Educator Ned Lincoln to a Market Gardening class and the garden yielded 50% more produce as a result. We were also able to get our chicken tractor online – designed by Ned Lincoln and Bob Ort and built by students in the wood shop. These are just a few examples, and the Development team is so thankful that the Gill family continues to be engaged, generous, and wonderful.”
“As co-chairs and close friends, it was an honor to lead Gill at the Mill for a second year,” commented Michelle, Emily, and Tanya. “The Jubilee Jamboree was a huge success thanks to our creative and energetic committee of moms and dads who came together to work through ideas and turn concepts into a magical evening celebration.”
Evening highlights included GSB’s silent and live auctions, where guests bid on a series of incredible packages and unique GSB opportunities such as front-row seats for Spring Shows and Graduation Ceremonies, with all proceeds benefiting the GSB Fund. Part of the live auction included a paddle raise to enhance the Gill St. Bernard's one-of-a-kind educational experience. Attendees were delighted by a surprise light-up “Happy 50th” display in the woods.
Gill St. Bernard’s School would like to graciously acknowledge the generous support from Burnt Mills Cider owned by John and Denise Coates P ‘26, ‘27. The overall success was made possible by all donors, sponsors, tickets, and the behind-the-scenes vision and work of the committee. A special thank you goes to GSB’s very own Operations team who helped to transform the outdoor space for this memorable evening.
If you purchased any auction packages, you can pick up certificates/items in the Conger building on campus this week. For questions, please contact Director of Parent Relations and Special Events Jennifer Doherty at email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the evening in our event photo gallery!