Petaluma Educational Foundation Presents Annual Gala
Benefiting All Local Schools with “THE BASH - Cirque du Soiree”
PETALUMA, CA, JULY 14, 2015 - - This year’s 2015 PEF BASH, supporting the mission of the Petaluma Educational Foundation
, guarantees to be another legendary night of dancing, dining and auctions benefiting all 38 K-12 public, not-for-profit and charter schools in the Petaluma area.
On September 12, under the specially erected “PEF Big Top” tent on the former North Bay Construction site adjacent to the current 360 Church of Petaluma at 901 Lindberg Lane in Petaluma, the community comes together to raise funds to benefit the mission of the non-profit working to enrich and enhance the academic experience of each and every one of our local students.
Starting with a festive cocktail reception, the night continues with silent and live auctions offering an opportunity to bid on the most sought after packages featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences, to all-time favorite culinary and excursion auction lots during the elegant sit-down dinner gala. The evening’s highlight is always when the over 500 guests are collectively invited to raise their paddles pledging support to over 13,000 Petaluma students, who benefit from PEF’s Impact Grant program. One hundred percent (100%) of the pledges during Fund the Future paddle raise go to support the foundation’s annual grant program providing curriculum-based support adding to the $2,754,106 awarded to local schools since 1983.
All-inclusive tickets ($150.00 pp before August 15, $175.00 pp starting August 16) are available by contacting the PEF Office at (707) 778-5063 or visiting the event website at https://petaluma.eoinme.org/bash15. PEF’s Online BASH Auction kicks off August 19 – September 5 at https://biddingforgood.com/pefinfo/bash2015 providing everyone the opportunity to bid in support of local education.
Our annual PEF Partners for Education - Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma Market, and Petaluma Health Care District join presenting event partner Exchange Bank, as top-tier sponsors. Several other businesses who have committed to keep education as a priority in our community will underwrite the festivities as corporate partners: Dairy Delivery, Encore Events Rentals/Cal West Rentals, Lace House Linen Supply, Moresco Distributing Company, PG&E, Bank of Marin, Camelbak, First Community Bank, Guido Enterprises, Hansel Auto Group, Hennessy Funds, Mike Hudson Distributing, Petaluma Minuteman Press, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, W.K. McLellan Co., Celli Group Fine Properties with Coldwell Banker, Comcast, Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc., Friedman’s Home Improvement, Jacobson & Breen Wealth Management LLC, Morris Distributing and Top Speed Data Communications.
Artwork for the event materials is the collaborative effort of professional graphic designers Betsy Ehlen Hall and Ali Jardine. Hall is a freelance art director living in Petaluma, working with clients all over the Bay Area. She and her husband have a child in Petaluma schools. When concept work for this year's Bash project started, Hall thought Jardine’s dynamic images and style would be perfect for the cirque theme. Jardine is an iPhone artist and photographer living in Petaluma. She believes whole-heartedly in chasing your dreams and figures the best way to realize those dreams is through a great education. Jardine has two children who attend Petaluma schools.
Funding the Future of education has never been more important. PEF, which does not receive any government funding, is committed to ensuring that vital resources are available to all charter, public and private campuses in our community. The annual PEF BASH event provides the public an opportunity to hear first-hand how they can partner with others to continue the mission of the 33- year old foundation and increase its positive impact on students.
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The mission of the PEF since its inception in 1982 is: Every child has a dream and by matching the passion of our supporters to the proven needs in the academic community, together, we fund the future of our local students. Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 1982, PEF has been reaching Petaluma’s K-12 students through PEF Grants to local schools and PEF Scholarships to graduating seniors.