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March 12, 2013 > Thirty years of giving

Thirty years of giving

Hayward Education Foundation Gala

Submitted By Bruce Roberts, Photo by Guy Sandoval

Thirty years is a long time to do anything. Thirty years on a job is a career. A thirty-year marriage in these days of divorce and "relationships," is cause for celebration. After thirty years of living, most kids finally consider themselves "adults." So, it is worth noting that the Hayward Education Foundation (HEF), a non-profit organization that works to benefit Hayward's teachers and students, is thirty years old this year.

In honor of this landmark occasion, join in on the festivities by purchasing or reserving your tickets now, to attend the Hayward Education Foundation Gala on Friday, March 22. (

Founded by teacher Elaine Adams in 1983, the Hayward Education Foundation grants money to teachers with creative ideas, ideas over and above the regular school curriculum or the regular school budget, the extraordinary ideas that kids will remember all their lives.

In 2012, for example, grants ranged from a butterfly garden at Longwood Elementary, to a solar cell car at Bret Harte Middle School, to a college motivation program at Hayward High. Grants covered all subjects, and went to schools from all corners of Hayward, including the Adult School, as well as parochial schools, like St. Bede's and Moreau. In all, 40 grants were given out, and in HEF's thirty year history, nearly $840,000 has been granted to Hayward teachers for the benefit of Hayward students.

On March 22, at the Cal State Student Union with its marvelous views of the bay, when HEF puts on its annual Gala, the whole city should turn out and help celebrate Thirty Years of Giving.

The Gala is a wonderful evening of food, drink, raffles, auctions, and entertainment. Charming local news celebrity John Kessler will be the Master of Ceremonies and chief auctioneer. Keynote speaker, Alameda County Probation Chief LaDonna Harris, links improved education with less need for juvenile probation. Throughout the evening, outstanding entertainment by local school groups, such as the Mount Eden and Tennyson High Choirs, will dazzle the audience.

To grant money to teachers, of course, HEF must raise money too. So yes, the auctions, the raffles, the food and drink, the entertainment - are all to raise money. Local art will be part of the silent auction. Raffle tickets offer opportunities to win hotel stays, restaurant certificates and admission to activities around Northern California. The oral auction will include outstanding items for individual and group bidders.

Help Hayward teachers and students, and have a great time at the HEF Gala. Individual tickets for dinner and festivities are $95, while $760 will allow you to reserve a whole table and treat all your friends to a wonderful evening for a good cause. Tickets may be purchased online at, or a check made out to HEF may be mailed to Hayward Education Foundation, P.O. Box 56444, Hayward, CA, 94545.

Hayward Education Foundation Gala
Friday, Mar 22
5:00 p.m. cocktails
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: dinner and program
CSU, East Bay Campus, University Union Bldg.
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 881-0890

$95 per person/$380 half table/$760 table for eight

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