Annual Benefit

Thank you to the 263 people who attended SVT's 2016 Annual Benefit, the Superhero Bash, on Saturday, March 12, at the Sheraton in Framingham. This year’s auction fundraiser was the most successful in the 21 years we've hosted the benefit.

In addition to the traditional silent auction, we also held our first-ever live auction. More than 60 people raised their hand during this portion of the evening, providing valuable support to SVT.

Guests were invited to put their own spin on "conservation superhero" and dress accordingly. Many wore capes, some came as Mother Nature, and still others wore the masks of Rachel Carson and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (See photos.)

Tree Huggers at the Superhero BashA highlight of the evening was the Best Costume prize. Our judges chose four finalists--including Bill "Sol Man" Sterling and Kevin "Teddy Roosevelt" Paquin--and asked the crowd to applaud for their favorite. "Tree Huggers" Maggi and Richard Ciccarelli took the prize--a large basket of candy. 

Mark your calendar for next year's benefit: Saturday, March 11, 2017. Have a theme idea or interested in volunteering to help plan this great party? Contact Michael Sanders or Deborah Sargent.  

Thank you!

Thank you to all who attended the Superhero Bash and bid on the auction items. And thank you to others who could not attend but made donations.

Special thanks to Beals & Thomas and Village Bank for sponsoring the Bash and to all the businesses and individuals who donated to the auctions (see below).

Extra special thanks to the hard-working Benefit Committee: Iryna Priester (Chair), Andi Jenny, Ellie Johnson, Cindy Lombardo, and Sonja Strong. Nele Kaps gets special recognition for her inventive and dynamic invitation and program book design. Thanks also to Daria Greeley for contributing to the event theme.

The following businesses and individuals generously donated items for the 2016 Superhero Bash Benefit Auction:

29 Sudbury
80 Thoreau
Peter Alden
Amazing Things Arts Center
Colin Anderson
Angel Tree Healing Arts
Ashley Food Company
ATA Cycle
Amy Beckett
Blue Coyote
Boston Bean House
Boston Sports Club
Castle Island Brewing Company
The Cheese Shop
Russ Cohen
Jeff and Christa Collins
The Concord Bookshop
Concord Cookware
Concord’s Colonial Inn
Danforth Art
Duck Soup
Pamela Merriam Esty
Femiluxe Nails Bar
Fish Restaurant and 
Wine Bar
Patty Ann and John Flint
Lori and Bob Frieling
Marylynn Gentry and Chris Riley
Halfway Cafe
The Hancock Inn
Jan Hardenbergh
Haute Coffee
Helen’s Restaurant
Judith P. Honens
Invidia Salon & Spa
Jody and Mark Kablack
Lauren Craig Salon
Susan Litowitz
Little Pusan
The Local
The Lombardo Family
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
Main Streets Market and Cafe
Arthur Milliken
Moodz Day Spa and Salon
Charles C. Morgan
Nashoba Brook Bakery
New City Microcreamery
Post Road Liquors
Iryna and Richard Priester
Prime 131 Grill
Jim Quinn
Rail Trail Flatbread
Roasted Peppers
Russell’s Garden Center
Saltbox Kitchen
Michael Sanders
Sandy Burr Country Club
Sara Campbell of Concord
Serendipity Cafe
Sheraton Framingham
Siam Village
Doug and Lynne Stotz
Sudbury Wine and Spirits
SVT Board of Directors
Takara Japanese 
Tea Forte
Thai Chilli
The Trustees of 
Kate Tyrrell
Lisa Vernegaard
The Villa Restaurant
Gloria Bouchard Villari
The Vin Bin
Vokes Players
Wayland Gourmet
Wayland Home & Design
Wayland Supercuts
Whole Foods
Wild Birds Unlimited
Woods Hill Table