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Lighting Up Lincoln at the 2019 Spring Benefit

Funny. Brave. Fearless. Determined. Kind. Giving. Dedicated. Unique. Respectful and respected. And so, so loved.

When she addressed the joyful crowd of over 300 of Lincoln’s parents, alumnae, trustees, and friends at the 2019 Spring Benefit, Head of School Suzanne Fogarty began with those powerful descriptors. They were used to paint a picture of the night’s honoree–Board Chair Martha Boss Bennett ’85, P’14,’16,’22–but, as she said, those words are embodied by ALL Lincoln girls and are a poignant reminder of the purpose of the night: to celebrate Martha while supporting Lincoln School.

Held annually, the Spring Benefit is Lincoln’s exclusive fundraising event, designed to bring the community together in an impactful way. This year, the event was held on the school’s Faxon Farm campus in Rehoboth, and the soaring tent, beach-themed decor, and endless champagne combined for an elegant evening infused with plenty of laughter and fun.

While the food (thanks to Easy Entertaining!), a live band that inspired everyone to take a spin on the dance floor, and the strong connections forged by the Lincoln School bond were on full display, there were two moments during this year’s Benefit that showcased the true power of the evening.

First, two generous alumnae provided the inspiration for Light Up Lincoln, offering a $20,000 matching gift if those gathered collectively donated $10,000. The goal was quickly exceeded, and the neon bracelets that lit up the tent were a tangible reminder of the strength of Lincoln’s support system.

And, finally, the opportunity to honor Martha–the remarkable woman that so many of the guests came to celebrate–and the force that she has been behind all of Lincoln’s accomplishments and growth put a unique spin on this annual event. In honor of the fact that her loyalty to Lincoln and her strength of character were honed on the lacrosse field during her time as a student here, it was announced that Martha’s lacrosse number–27–will be retired, starting in the 2019-20 school year.

So, thanks to you, Martha, for all you’ve given to Lincoln and for inspiring such a special celebration. Thanks to the community members that joined and generously supported the event. Thanks to the Parent Committee and Host Committee for their work in putting together a fabulous evening. And, most importantly, thanks to the students of Lincoln School for helping us to believe in a bright and bold future, which is always something to celebrate!