IPSF puts the “fun” in summer fundraising
Spring and summer is also a busy time for Irvine Public School Foundation (IPSF), the nonprofit that helps bridge the gap between government funding and what it really takes to keep Irvine public school programs excellent.
The busy season kicked off with the IPSF 20th Birthday Bash in conjunction with the 3rd Annual STEAM Carnival at the Orange County Great Park. Some 3,500 attended a creative twist on the traditional carnival, as 50 booth sponsors offered fun, hands-on activities in an interactive atmosphere to spark students interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). It was fun for adults, too, with a “Cheers to 20 Years” beer and wine garden featuring craft beer from TAPS Fish House & Brewery, wines by Bianchi and ONE HOPE, and food tasting from Luna Grill and the newly-opened Texas De Brazil restaurant.
“What started as a group of concerned parents wanting the best, well-rounded education for their children has now evolved into one of the leading educational foundations in the nation,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO of Irvine Public Schools Foundation. “Over the past 20 years, IPSF has proudly contributed over $63 million in programs and funds to support education in Irvine. It’s so incredible to bring the community together to celebrate this milestone.”
The event raised over $57,000 to benefit Irvine Unified School District (IUSD).
IPSF’s annual Spirit of Community Awards luncheon will be held June 1 at Strawberry Farms. The Spirit of Community Awards is a partnership between IPSF and Irvine Unified Council PTA that recognizes the contributions of individuals, groups, or organizations that have made a significant contribution of time and/or talents to benefit the students of the Irvine Unified School District.
The IPSF Summer Enrichment Academy offers enrichment courses for a variety of subject areas, including coding, arts, athletics and STEM courses. There are two sessions, June 19-July 7 and July 11-July 28, with elementary, middle school and high school courses, plus one-week specialty camps, with most held at neighborhood IUSD schools.
On Monday, June 5, IPSF will host the 7th Annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament at Strawberry Farms. Join IPSF for a fun-filled day of golfing and networking with civic, business, and education leaders throughout Orange County, all in support of Irvine schools.
On Sunday, July 16, 2017, IPSF and Angels Baseball Foundation will team up to host the 5th Annual Aces & Athletes Poker Charity Casino Night. This year’s Tacos, Tequila & Texas Hold ‘Em event will be held at the exclusive Don Julio Club at Angel Stadium. The night will feature dinner, cocktails, great prizes and raffle items.
And it’s not too early to save the date of Oct. 14 for the 8th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala. Presented by FivePoint, the stylish and fun fundraising evening celebrates excellence in education and the achievements of distinguished alumni, while raising funds for Irvine classrooms to benefit more than 33,000 students. Last year’s event raised some $780,000.