Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Placer Hills Education Foundation Fiesta! Nets $62,000 for Local Schools

By Kathy Ito, PHEF President

Thanks to amazing community support, the annual Placer Hills Education Foundation (“PHEF”) dinner auction netted $62,000 for Sierra Hills and Weimar Hills School programs. As PHEF is an all volunteer organization, one hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the schools.
 In her second and final year as chairperson, Shalome Briggs and over fifty volunteers orchestrated a quality and well organized event that sold out in just over two weeks.  Tickets were $75 per person.
More than 150 people attended the “PHEF Fiesta!” at Winchester Country Club on Friday March 4th.
 Shalome scheduled the event at Winchester this year so it was easier for the community to participate, and participate they did. Attendees were remarkably generous, merchants in Meadow Vista, Colfax, and Auburn were liberal and thoughtful donors, and the tireless army of volunteers did what was needed.
 The “PHEF Fiesta!” was truly a celebration of what a community has and continues to do for education. Thank you!
 The event included a special “Fund-A-Need” auction that raised $13,750 for the school's K-8 visual and performing arts programs. Jennifer Lynn, a 4th grade teacher at Weimar Hills School, did an really good  job detailing the importance of the program and attendees were very supportive.
 Since 2005, the foundation has raised over $500,000 to support a wide range of school programs from kindergarten cooking, music, PE, and the arts to library services, clubs, and technology.
 PHEF would like to do more to support innovative education in our community, but additional help is needed to grow the contributions PHEF is making to educate children and build our future. There are many ways to support PHEF's mission other than the annual dinner auction. PHEF accepts tax deductible donations year round, and welcomes new volunteers.
For more information, contact Kathy Ito at or visit PHEF's web site at The Placer Hills Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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