Hot Talent Cool Gems Fundraiser Returns to Dayton

The seedling Foundation has announced the return of the Hot Talent Cool Gems fundraising auction to support Stivers School for the Arts. The event is back by popular demand and is sure to be an evening to remember.

The seedling Foundation fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th at Dayton’s Packard Museum with a 30’s-inspired theme. The event will hold a silent and live jewelry auction, have catered food, and feature artistic performances. So far, some of the high-interest items slated for auction are items gifted from celebrities like Martin Sheen, PBS celebrity chef Ming Tsai, Hope and former governor Bob Taft and others. The event took a break after it’s last appearance in 2008, but according to the foundation many supporters of Stivers have requested its return. Bill Pflaum, the president and trustee of the seedling Foundation, said in an interview that there will be a total of 100 pieces for the silent auction.

The Hot Talent Cool Gems will be catered by Coco’s Bistro, offering a wealth of gourmet hors d’oeuvres with a signature drink and dessert. The entertainment provided for the evening will feature student performances from all magnet areas of study at Stivers. Some of the night’s headliners will be the nationally recognized Stivers Jazz Orchestra and the dance program performance.

Stivers’ students, who often work elbow to elbow with professionals, are heavily involved in fundraising for their school and programs. Often, they raise money used to replenish art supplies and fund programs with their own art or performances. Pflaum gave a proud nod to the student fundraising efforts.

“The kids get very engaged,” he said with a smile. “They recognize that they have to put in if they’re going to get out, and they do. That’s a very strong ethic here.” He added that the seedling Foundation matches student fundraiser totals. The foundation is largely made up of Stivers student parents but also host community members on the board as well. Pflaum believes each person brings their own unique perspective and experience to the foundation.

The foundation hopes to bring in $50,000 worth of funding from Hot Talent Cool Gems. Pflaum believes reaching that amount is critical due to severe 2011-2012 school budget cuts. Like many other schools and organizations, Stivers has been hit by the downturn of the economy.

“It’s imperative that we get that community support to be able to sustain the kind of things that are happening for the kids right now,” said Pflaum.

For ticket prices and more information on the event or donations, visit the seedling Foundation’s website at

Stivers School for the Arts is a grade 7 through 12 public magnet school for the arts in Dayton with a national reputation for leaderships in arts education. Students audition to attend the school and once accepted are able to pick from eight areas of artistic studies (band, choir, creative writing, dance, piano, orchestra, theatre, and visual arts) to include in their education curriculum. The school is among the highest performing schools in the Dayton area.

Below is a television ad students at Stivers created with help and direction from their teachers.

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