Spring Benefit Update

Dear Board Members and Advisory Committee Members,

Happy Monday! It's hard to believe we are now just four weeks away from our Spring Benefit. We have a terrific growing guest list and as of this morning are expecting 164 people and have received/been pledged $108,850! Our hope is to have 200 people in the room and I don't think we will have any trouble reaching that goal.

You should have all received the email version of the invitation last week. Please forward the invitation widely to your friends and contacts. Please note that you can click anywhere on the image and it will bring you to the event page on our website. In forwarding the email version of the invitation we suggest changing the subject line and adding a personal note above the invitation image, because remember, you are by far the best PSA ambassador to the person you contact! If you would like me to help you follow up, please send me a list of names and email addresses and/or phone numbers, and I'll be happy to reach out in a week or two.

You will receive the print version of the invitation at the end of this week. We will be happy to send you as many invitations as you like so you may distribute and personalize as you see fit.

Also on the website, you will find directions to the garden. We highly recommend talking public transportation to the garden, as we anticipate heavy traffic due to a Yankee home game. Buses will be provided at the end of the evening and will bring guests from the garden to mid-town Manhattan (exact location tbd). We do ask that you RSVP for a spot on the bus so we can accurately anticipate how many buses will be needed.

I'm sure you've noticed Friday Kahlo popping up just about everywhere lately (for example, here and here)! We hope to have great press coverage due to the popularity of the Garden's Friday Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life show and Jenny Holzer's projections. More on that to come.

Please see below the current list of table purchasers and the Benefit Committee. Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all. I look forward to being in touch!



Benefit Honorary Chairs
Anne Stringfield and Steve Martin

Benefit Chairs
Maxim Thorne
Wendy Williams
Catherine Woodard

Poetry Laureate
Laura and Robert Sillerman

Laura and Robert Sillerman on behalf of Harlem Academy in gratitude for the Poetry Society of America's tireless dedication to giving Harlem Academy students the power of poetry in their own voices.

Poetry in Motion
Cheim & Read

Diana and Frederick Elghanayan
Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr.

Michael Boyd
Elizabeth Coleman and Bob Stroup
Jennifer Hatch and Judith Woodard--Christopher Street Financial
Ruth Kaplan and Kenneth Cavender
Geraldine Maxwell
Elise Paschen and Stuart Brainerd
Anna and Martin Rabinowitz
Ellen Rachlin
Melissa Salten and Richard Rothman
Josh Sapan
Patti Wheeler and Leo Hindery

Friends of Poetry Society of America
Allison Binns
Agnes Gund

Benefit Committee
Meena Alexander
Jo Ann Beard and Scott Spencer
Jamie Bennett
Henri Cole
Nancy and Ronald Feldman
Kate Gale
Sharon and Jay Garfinkel
Mary Stewart Hammond and Arthur Yorke Allen
Nathaniel C Hutner
Sharon H. Jacquet
Helen Klein Ross
Carol and George Minkoff
Jane Otto and Stephan Koplowitz
Marie Ponsot
Renée Price
Tara K. Reddi
Joan and Howard Rothman
Susan Soriano
Doris Sosin
Lucinda Watson
Susan S. and Robert B. Williams
Andrea Woodner