This year’s 2016 Petaluma Educational Foundation fundraising gala BASH, supporting the mission of PEF guarantees 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 10th, guests will be transported back in time to a “Night in Old Havana” as they come together to raise funds to benefit the mission of the local non-profit working to enrich and enhance the academic experience of each and every one of our 13,000 students.
PEF’s Cubano BASH is sure to be memorable. Kicking off with signature cocktails during the reception hour and super-silent auction, the night continues with a nostalgic vibe of vintage Cuban nightlife. The live auction, 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, takes place during the elegant sit-down dinner portion of the evening.
The gala’s highlight comes when the over 500 guests are collectively invited to raise their paddles pledging support to all Petaluma students, who benefit from PEF’s Impact Grant program. One hundred percent of the pledges during the Fund the Future paddle raise support the foundation’s annual grant program which this year is expected to exceed the milestone mark of $3 million in support since the program started in 1982!
Live music by the Bay Area’s Beat Street Band will add to the night’s festive flavor. From Sinatra to The Stones and Elvis to Usher, Beat Street has all the hits covered! All-inclusive tickets ($150.00 pp until August 10, $175.00 pp starting August 11) are available by contacting the PEF Office at (707) 778-5063 or visiting the event website at https://petaluma.ejoinme.org/bash16. PEF’s Online BASH Auction kicks off August 17 – August 31 at https://biddingforgood.com/pefinfo/bash2016 providing everyone the opportunity, near and far, to bid in support of local education.
Annual PEF Partners for Education – Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma Market, and Petaluma Health Care District join presenting event partners Exchange Bank and Dairy Delivery, 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: Law Offices of Bridget Mackay, Lace House Linen, PG&E, Bank of Marin, Encore Events Rentals/Cal West Rentals, Camelbak, First Community Bank, Guido Enterprises, Hansel Auto Group, Hennessy Funds, Mike Hudson Distributing, Petaluma Argus Courier, Petaluma Minuteman Press, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, Rabobank, Sonoma Clean Power, W.K. McLellan Co., Cinema West, Comcast, Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc., Friedman’s Home Improvement, Kaiser Permanente, Morris Distributing and Top Speed Data Communications.
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 may partner with others to continue the mission of the foundation as it starts its 35th year as a local nonprofit with a legacy of positively impacting our community’s schools and 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.