The Westmont Montessori School's 

30th Annual Celebration of Children Event

Join Westmont families, friends and staff for a fun, social evening with delicious food, refreshing drinks, 

fun in a photo booth, and lots of exciting items and experiences to bid on in the auction. 

Your participation will make this night a success for our school.  We hope to celebrate the children together with you!  


What is the Celebration of Children?

The Celebration of Children ("The CoC") is our annual community-building dinner event with live and silent auctions that include one-of-a-kind works of art created by our children, as well as an array of wonderful class baskets and other unique items and experiences.  It's a fun night out for Westmont parents and friends to socialize and share their love for Westmont by supporting this exciting event.  

There are several ways that you can contribute to the success of the CoC:

-  Volunteer Time:  This wonderful event does not plan itself!  If you have the time and the interest, the CoC Chairs, would welcome any additional volunteers to join their team. To find out how you can get involved, please contact a CoC Chair.

  • -  Monetary Donation:  A one-time monetary donation to the CoC, in any amount, is always welcomed and appreciated.

  • -  Non-financial Donations:  Some of our most unique experiences, such as the use of vacation homes, hotel stays, tickets to shows, and various theme parks have come from our generous families. To make a non-financial donation, please contact a CoC Chair.

-  Sponsorship:  This is another way to support the CoC while also exposing your business to our generous community. For infomoration on how you and/or your business can sponsor this year's CoC, please contact a CoC Chair.

2019 Celebration of Children Chairs

Feel free to reach out to this year's Celebration of Children Chairs should you have any questions: 

Amanda Fisher -

Shelby Mullen -

Tracy Silverman -

Brandi Warren Tavares -

Monica Whitmore -

Evelyn Zervos -


Hamilton Farm & Golf Club

1040 Pottersville Road

Gladstone, NJ 07934

Date & Time: 

April 13, 2019

6pm- 10pm


$125 per guest


Please RSVP via the Paperless Post invitation sent on March 1. 



6:00 pm

Welcome! Walk the red carpet at valet to the step & repeat for a photo
Collect your Event Bag with program and pre-purchased Raffle Tickets
Silent Auction Opens
Purchase Raffle Tickets for all Baskets and Teacher Experiences
Purchase 50/50 Cash Raffle Green Tickets
Wine Pull opens! Pull your cork!
Cocktail hour begins - have fun!

Photo booth is open - say cheese!
Live music courtesy of the Jamestown Duo 

6:45 pm

Dinner stations open. 
Enjoy options from all three stations! 

7:55 pm

Final Call for Silent Auction
Final Call for Raffles - all Baskets and Teacher Experiences
Final Call for Green Tickets - 50/50 Cash Raffle

8:05 pm

Silent Auction Closed
Baskets and Teacher Experiences Closed
50/50 Cash Raffle Closed 

8:10 pm

Colette Cross, Head of School Welcome
Drawing & Announcing 50/50 Cash Raffle Winners 

8:15 pm

Live Auction Begins

9:00 pm

Dessert is served!

9:30 pm

Posting of Winners - Silent Auction, Baskets, Teacher Experiences

9:45 pm

Check-out begins
Thanks for attending! Have a good evening!


The 30th annual Celebration of Children will take place at the historic Brady Mansion at Hamilton Farm Golf Club, one of America's premier golf clubs.  

Conveniently located on Pottersville Road just off Route 206 in Gladstone, this beautiful venue is a perfect setting for Westmont's Celebration of Children.

Guests of Hamilton Farm Golf Club are expected to wear cocktail attire.  
Jeans of any kind are not permitted. 

     auction and raffle catalog

Enjoy browsing all of the creations from our children and items put together by our volunteers and community in our first ever e-Catalog via the link below: 

Auction e-Catalog


An individual bid sheet accompanies each item being auctioned. Bid on the Silent Auction item by writing your price offer in accordance with the bid increments, together with your bid number on the corresponding bid sheet.


Bid on a Live Auction item by raising your program number with your number visible to the auctioneer.  Bids should be made promptly. 


To participate in basket raffle items, tickets must be purchased and placed in the numbered collection box located in front of each numbered item.  


Put in $20 and spin the basket of wine corks, each with a number on it.  Pick a cork and take home the corresponding bottle of wine with you.  Minimum value of each bottle is $20; maximum value could be well over $100!


Here is a sneak peak of this year's unique ceramic and furniture pieces created by volunteers and children in the classrooms.  In addition, a wide array of baskets crafted by parents volunteers for each class.  Stay tuned for more information and photos in the auction catalog coming mid-March! 

Mrs. Fink and Ms. Dixon's Class Ceramic Piece 
Mrs. Baggio and Mrs. Bujtas' Class Ceramic Piece 
Ms. Casillo and Mrs. T's Class Ceramic Piece  
Mrs. Sandrue and Mrs. Sherrer's Class Ceramic Piece 


6-7 Cocktail Hour 

Maine Lobster Salad in Brioche
Thin Crust of Hummus, Cucumber and Roasted Red Peppers
Micro Wellington, Country Mustard
Artichoke and Goat Cheese Fritter

6:45-9 Dinner Stations Open

Authentic Mexican Taco Station 
Hard and Soft Tacos with Marinated Skirt Steak, Grilled Chicken and Blackened Fish 
Accompanied By Cheddar-Jack Cheese, Quesco Freso, Shredded Lettuces, Pico Di Gallo, Salsa, Sliced Jalapenos, Lime Wedges, Guacamole and Sour Cream
Served alongside Black Beans & Rice

Chef's Pasta Station 
Spring Pea Ravioli 
Classic Penne Vodka
Lemon Shrimp Linguini
Served alongside salad and garlic bread

Dim Sum Station
Mandarin Steamed Buns of Spicy BBQ Pork, Steamed Veggie Dumplings
Peking-Style Duck with Scallion Pancakes and Cashews, Shrimp Tempura
Chicken and Lemongrass Pot Stickers
Served with Tamarind Glaze, Sweet Chili Sauce, Ponzu and Sweet Soy for dipping!

9-10 Dessert

Toll House Cookies
Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia and Assorted Macaroons 
Hawaiian Kona Coffee & Decaffinated Coffee and Misty Leaf Tea


Colette Cross

Head of School, Westmont

Mrs. Cross joined Westmont’s faculty in 1984 as an Early Childhood teacher and became Head of School in 2008. A native of Ireland, she attended Sion Hill College in Dublin, Ireland, where she received AMI Primary, Elementary, and Special Education certification in Montessori Education. She has a BA in Humanities from Thomas Edison College and a certification in Montessori School Management from the Center for Montessori Education. 

Before arriving at Westmont, Mrs. Cross implemented a Montessori Elementary program at the V.S.M. Academy in Monmouth County, NJ. She also taught in the elementary program at the Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta, NJ. She took a leave of absence from teaching when her children were born and returned to Westmont in 1998, serving as an Early Childhood teacher. In 1999 Mrs. Cross became the Kindergarten teacher. Throughout her professional career, she worked on curriculum development, was a consultant, served as an evaluator for Middle States Accreditation, and was a member of Westmont’s Education and 3-6 Committees.

Mrs. Cross is very much involved in Montessori advocacy and serves as the secretary for the New Jersey Montessori Association Corporation, an organization dedicated to the advancement and support of Montessori Education in New Jersey.  She is also a Field Consultant for interns completing their Montessori Certification at Princeton Center Teacher Education.


      The Jamestown Duo 


Local guitar instructor, Eric Seiz and his wife, Karen of “Jamestown Duo” will perform an eclectic mix of new & old pop/rock, country and jazz music.  “We enjoy playing something for everyone,” says Eric.  “Don’t be surprised to hear some Etta James followed by Kings of Leon...followed by Meghan Trainor!”

Jamestown Duo regularly performs at high-end restaurants and various private events such as Wedding Ceremonies, Cocktail Hours, Receptions, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Luncheons, Birthday/Anniversary Parties and most recently, Children’s Parties!  

Please visit for more info regarding booking musical entertainment for your private event or guitar lessons with Eric!

The 29th annual Celebration of Children event was a success and enjoyed by all guests! 
There were so many beautiful furniture and ceramic pieces created by our parent volunteers and children for our live auction. 


1040 Pottersville Road 

Gladstone, NJ 07934

*After turning onto Pottersville Road from Rt. 206, the Main Gate will be 1/4 mile on your left.  Please note that GPS will take you to the USET entrance.

THANK YOU to the Celebration of Children Committee and Volunteers for your commitment and endless volunteer hours!

Amanda Fisher

Shelby Mullen

Tracy Silverman

Brandi Tavares

Monica Whitmore

Evevlyn Zervos

THANK YOU to the Westmont Staff and Admininstration for their continuous support, and to the Faculty for donating the very generous Teacher Experiences!