Events Fundraising Outdoor Learning Center Press PTA School District SOMA

Sold-Out Crowd for Ira Glass Event

Sunday’s event was a hit with the audience, and raised more than $30,000 to expand Seth Boyden’s outdoor learning center.

  • By Warren Westura and Mary Mann from Maplewood Patch

Seth Boyden’s “A Conversation with Culture” series got off to a roaring start on Sunday night as Ira Glass and his “This American Life” staff regaled a sold-out audience from the stage of Columbia High School.

“It was not only a sold-out crowd, but it was a sold-out crowd of excited, enthusiastic, energetic ‘This American Life’ groupies,” said Seth Boyden PTA President Susie Adamson.

“It was a terrific program, both insightful and full of the incredible wit and humor Ira Glass brings to This American Life,” said Seth Boyden parent Amie Herman. “A delight to have Ira and his talented team come share with us!!”

The event raised $31,500 for Seth Boyden Demonstration School’s Outdoor Learning Center. “Thanks to last night, we will be installing another piece of playground equipment before the end of this school year!” said Adamson.

Glass and upcoming speaker Tim Gunn were attracted to the event by Seth Boyden parents Peri Smilow, Budd Mishkin and Julie Snyder. Snyder is a senior producer on “This American Life.” Mishkin has interviewed Gunn numerous times. And Smilow is the force behind organizing the entire series.

Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” fame will be coming to CHS on Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general seating, $50 for premium seating, and $40 for tickets purchased at the show (general seating). The performance will be sign language interpreted. Tickets can be purchased here:

“This is a pretty exciting time to be a family at Seth Boyden!” said Adamson.