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Reimagined Red & White Ball a success for schools

Reimagined Red & White Ball a success for schools
The 2022 Red & White Ball fundrasier for Sonoma Valley Schools reimagined as an inclusive community event.Source: Sonoma Valley Education Foundation

By Angela Ryan, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation

We recently welcomed more than 1,200 guests to the 2022 Red & White Ball, reimagined as a community picnic. Guests were greeted and guided by talented emcee Nikko Kimzin, and entertained by the Sonoma Valley High School Dance Team, the Adele Harrison Middle School Dance Team, and Grupo Folklorico Quetzalén of Sonoma Valley.

Attendees also heard from Sonoma Valley High School history and AVID teacher Andy Gibson about the importance of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s Classroom Grants program; from Adrian Palazuelos, superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, about the importance of community partnerships with the schools; and from myself, Angela Ryan, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), about the mission of the SVEF to cultivate community support and raise funds to benefit the school district in enabling the potential of every student.

While the format and goal of this year’s Red & White Ball evolved to serve primarily as a community celebration of our public schools, there was no shortage of generosity from our guests. Through a special opportunity during the event, attendees texted donations and helped us surpass our goal of raising $15,000, and thanks to matching funds from our business partners and donors, those funds will be quadrupled. These gifts go directly to our Classroom Grants program, which gives funding to teachers for everything from classroom supplies to creative enrichment opportunities for students.

Thanks to our guests’ generosity, we are already starting to approve Classroom Grants for this school year.