Haring Center

May 28, 2019

Flying High at the 2019 Haring Center Auction

Haring Center Supporters Made the 18th Annual Auction a Super Success

On May 11, the Haring Center community gathered once again to celebrate and support the power of inclusion at the 18th annual Haring Center Auction. Five hundred guests attended this year’s auction, which was themed ‘Inclusion is My Superpower’ to recognize the hero that lies within each of us. Together these inclusion superheroes raised a record $800,000 to support the classrooms of the Haring Center’s school, the Experimental Education Unit (EEU).

To kick off the auction program, Haring Center leadership recognized the Woodland Park Zoo as the 2019 ‘Champion for Inclusion’ for their commitment to establishing the zoo as a ‘Zoo of Inclusion’. As a beloved institution in the Seattle community, the zoo has instilled a love of animals and an appreciation for the natural world for generations of children and families. Now zoo leadership have created an ambitious strategic plan that values inclusion, community, education, and social change. When accepting the award on behalf of the zoo, Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Alejandro Grajal said, “As an organization that has served our community for more than a century, it’s important to welcome everyone regardless of their abilities or needs. We need everyone’s voice.”

The evening also featured an inspirational talk by our featured speaker, Alec Meden, a graduate of the EEU school and Project DATA program. As part of his speech, Alec described the lasting impact that his early years at the EEU had on not only him, but his family. Alec said, “19 years later, I am still grateful for what I gained – and continue to gain – from being a part of the Haring Center community. Because of this place, I have had the good fortune to build lasting relationships with friends of different abilities… because even though we were all very different, we had common goals. My parents still have a relationship with Dr. Schwartz and the Haring Center. The Haring Center has a place in my life, in a very concrete way. And it always will.”

Through spirited bidding on unique items and generous ‘Fund the Future’ donations, Auction guests raised critical funding to keep the classrooms of the EEU school strong, secure, and prepared to serve as a ‘launch pad’ for widespread inclusive practices and a training ground for the educators of tomorrow. The generous support of our donors allows the EEU classrooms to thrive so that Haring Center faculty can continue to conduct classroom-based research and hands-on training that shape the future of inclusive education across the country.

For more information on the Haring Center Auction or to make a donation, contact Haring Center Stewardship and Events Manager Amy Thickpenny-Flinn.