Early Childhood Center Winter Auction Celebrates Community, Supports New STEAM Library


January 28, 2019

On January 26, the Early Childhood Center’s Winter Auction brought together the entire ECC community for a dazzling evening of support that raised more than $175,000 for the school.

This fundraiser closed the gap in the ECC’s operating budget to cover enhanced security, teacher development, teacher and specialist salaries, and more. Funds will go towards this year’s special project, a STEAM library for our students, featuring a light laboratory and mobile magnet wall.


“We are overwhelmed with deep gratitude by the generosity of our families,” said ECC Director Miriam Kalmar.

Auction committee co-chairs Megan Martin, Barrie Melllin, Jackie Stern, and Amy Wesley worked tirelessly over the past year to plan this event.

This year's “ECC Pep Rally"-themed auction, complete with flip cup and a cheer written by our very own Cantor Dan Singer, featured more than 200 silent auction items -- from special outings with teachers to gift cards from local businesses -- donated by community members. A live auction offered such exclusive experiences as a catered Havdalah with Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch to a Hollywood getaway with a private tour of Paramount Studios.

Our auction may be over, but you can still support our Early Childhood Center. Please donate online or contact Miriam Kalmar at 212-877-4050, ext. 265, or .