Celebrating and supporting education in Irvine
Each year, IPSF provides millions in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, after-school and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for athletic trainers and school nurses.
Not only does IPSF sponsor extracurricular enrichment programs and provide financial support for teachers, students and schools to ensure a world-class education in Irvine, the nonprofit also throws a pretty great gala, golf tournament, charity casino night and more.
This summer, IPSF and Irvine Unified Council PTA hosted the Spirit of Community Awards, an annual luncheon held at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. The awards recognize the contributions of individuals, groups, or organizations that have made a significant contribution of time and/or talents to benefit the students of the IUSD. This year the award went to the Irvine Police Department.
“This luncheon is about celebrating partnership and collaboration within our community, and this year’s IPSF Spirit of Community Award goes to an organization that has gone above and beyond to support the students of Irvine,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO of IPSF. “The Irvine Police Department has been an integral partner in education, actively involved in advising IPSF’s Board of Trustees, supporting our events throughout the year and of course, most importantly, ensuring the safety and well being of our entire community every day.”
There are currently 11 full-time school resource officers and one sergeant dedicated to Irvine schools, guests at the event were reminded. The officers are a direct link between Irvine’s youth and the Irvine Police Department, providing safety and protection, law enforcement and education.
The school resource officers work closely with the IUSD to keep Irvine schools safe through a number of programs including Violent Intruder Response Training, the Start Smart driving program for new drivers, D.A.R.E., and the Safe Routes to School Program which includes crossing guards, and onsite traffic flow plans.
A few days after the luncheon, IPSF was back at Strawberry Farms hosting 110 golfers at the 2017 Tee It Up for Education tournament fundraiser that raised $90,000.
More than 42 companies and community organizations sponsored the tournament, including $10,000 Ace Sponsors Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Kaiser Permanente, and $5,000 Eagle Sponsors Irvine BMW, KSK Medical, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Konica Minolta, East West Bank, Fitzgerald Yap Kreditor LLP, Resilient Communications, Cisco Systems, and Flex College Prep.
“We are deeply grateful to our sponsors and community leaders for helping us to raise money for education in our community at this year’s Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament in support of educational excellence for every student,” said Neda Eaton. “We’re fortunate to have incredible supporters who invest in tomorrow’s leaders and make a positive impact on the Irvine community.”
Civic, business, and education leaders came out to play a round and network/socialize with each other while raising funds to help provide educational excellence for Irvine youth. The Travis Mathew Ice Cream Truck was on site to serve up tasty treats, while also giving golfers a look at the cool SoCal brand’s golf apparel. Irvine BMW sponsored the hole in one prize, a BMW i3, and Irvine-based HoneyBaked provided the boxed lunches for attendees. After the tournament, IPSF hosted a cocktail reception, dinner, and raffle.
For individuals and companies that would like to support the good works of IPSF, sponsorship opportunities are available for the 8th annual Spirit of Excellence Gala and Auction, presented by FivePoint. Scheduled for October 14, the evening celebrating excellence in education and honoring the achievements of distinguished alumni is the social event of the season in Irvine, and always a first-class affair. We’ll see you there!