The Glenholme School’s Manhattan Fundraiser a Celebrated Success

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A NYC fundraiser, “An Evening in Manhattan,” raised funds for The Glenholme School Scholarship Fund and honored Joe Hall, the president and founder of the Ghetto Film School — fusing two important causes of writer, director David O. Russell.

David O. Russell presents the Excelsior! Award to Joe Hall at The Glenholme School's gala, "An Evening in Manhattan."

David O. Russell presents the Excelsior! Award to Joe Hall at "An Evening in Manhattan."

You will have my undying support at Glenholme. It is a real beacon of hope and a model of excellence. ~ Joe Hall

Nearly 200 supporters of The Glenholme School gathered at Bryant Park Grill in Manhattan in late October for the sixth annual gala to raise funds for the school’s scholarship fund and to honor the Ghetto Film School president and founder. The Glenholme School, a special needs boarding and day school in Washington, Connecticut, teaches students with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, Tourette, depression, anxiety and various learning differences.

A collaboration between Ghetto Film School (GFS) and Glenholme was an easy decision. The relationship, over two years in the making, was spurred by Joe Hall when he first attended a Glenholme fundraiser in 2013. The initial joint filmmaking endeavor between the two schools took place over the summer. The result was not only two marvelously produced, silent short films but also an incredible learning experience for all. The arts is only one of the many instructional activities students benefit from at Glenholme.

Each year, dozens of young people with special needs are unable to enroll in Glenholme because of financial constraints and special needs funding difficulties. In response, the Glenholme Development Board created the Manhattan fundraiser to subsidize the school’s scholarship fund which helps support those who would otherwise be unable to access the life-changing programs that can provide a solid foundation for a successful and meaningful life.

The vibrant, welcoming event offered ardent guests ample excitement with a cocktail hour and a silent auction; dinner, an energetic live auction, and an inspiring award presentation. David O. Russell distinguished Joe Hall with the ‘Excelsior!’ award for his dedication to nurturing the minds of young filmmakers and storytellers — including students at Glenholme. Later, David added more excitement and energy to the occasion by auctioning off walk-on movie roles in his next production starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore.

Through the assistance of the many The Glenholme School champions, the Development Board’s sixth annual Evening in Manhattan raised over $275,000 for the scholarship fund — recognizing the enduring effect Glenholme can have on young people with learning differences and their families.

The Hollywood Reporter also published an article about the evening,“David O. Russell, Ghetto Film School President Talk "Two-Way" Benefits of Working With Special-Needs Kids.”

About The Glenholme School:
The Glenholme School is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) special needs boarding and day school for young people with high functioning autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, Tourette, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most vulnerable members of our society. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit

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