Sonoma Valley Education Foundation Evolves 2022 Red & White Ball Gala Format to Community Celebration
Sonoma, Calif. (April 26, 2021) - The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) announced today that its signature fundraising event would return to in-person this coming August 27, taking place in its usual location, the Sonoma Plaza, though this year it will unveil a new format. The traditional gala is being replaced with a community celebration, including a picnic-style dining experience, dancing, and the opportunity for families, donors, and community members to connect and unify around Sonoma’s public schools.
“After two years of successful fundraising in a remote capacity, we felt compelled to reimagine this popular fundraiser and evolve it into a platform that not only better reflects and celebrates the community we serve, but safeguards from untimely cancellations due to fire season or pandemic-related shutdowns,” said Angela Ryan, Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. “We’re thrilled that the generosity of our donors has given us the confidence to host a more inclusive event that helps families, donors, and the community at large feel more invested, engaged, and connected to our public schools and one another.”
The event will take place from 5 pm - 10 pm in the Sonoma Plaza, where families and community members have the opportunity to come together and enjoy a picnic in the park that directly benefits Sonoma Valley public schools. The $40 ticket price includes a reusable wine tumbler, a complimentary glass of wine, and a picnic blanket. Ticket sales open in June, and a sliding scale pricing will be available to ensure the event is accessible to all.
The Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) Parent-Teacher Organizations and partner organizations, including Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Kimzin Creative and Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance will be in attendance with booths highlighting the great things happening at schools and programs made possible by donor support to SVEF.
The evening will conclude with a dance party and performance by local band Funk Fatale.
“We are beyond excited to keep the elements of this annual event that our community has loved, while also evolving its format to feel more welcoming and inclusive,” said Gail Chadwin, Director of Development for SVEF. “The nature in which fundraising has progressed over the past two years allows us to reengage the community we’re here to serve and invite families to feel more invested and connected to supporting our schools and community.”
For more information on the event and how to participate, please get in touch with Sarah Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) was established in 1993 and has since provided over 20 million dollars to Sonoma Valley public schools through grants to teachers and administration, sponsored community initiatives, and meaningful programming such as Summer Literacy Academy, Preschool For All, and more. As the primary fundraising and volunteer resource for Sonoma Valley Unified School District, SVEF strives to enrich the student experience and help Valley youth succeed in the classroom and beyond. For more information, please visit https://www.svgreatschools.org