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BASH returns to help PEF support education

Petalumans will celebrate Saturday to support the success of future generations at the Petaluma Educational Foundation’s Ruby Red BASH at the Gambonini Ranch barn.

The event will mark the return of the foundation’s annual event to an in-person celebration after two years of pandemic-restricted virtual parties.

“We are thrilled to be back in person with our annual BASH fundraiser at the new event venue,” said foundation executive director Maureen Highland. “We’ve had incredible support on our virtual streams over the past two years, but we can’t wait to see all of our friends from PEF at the Ruby Red BASH.”

The evening is a gala in every sense of the word, with dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, live music, and a private concert with Bay Area party band Jay Seigan Presents Notorious.

The highlight of the evening is the signing Paddle Raise with guests raising paddles to pledge support for the foundation’s program which provides grants to all public and private schools in Petaluma.

Since 1983, the foundation has awarded more than $4,096,708 to teachers, administrators and parents to fund projects not provided for in the school’s budget. The goal of the grant program is to reward innovative academic programs and foster excellence in the education of all students in the Petaluma area.

The foundation, which celebrates four decades this year, also manages 83 scholarship funds. The awards are given to students who plan to continue their academic careers in colleges or two- or four-year vocational programs.

In 2022, the foundation awarded $261,900 to seniors graduating from all high schools in the Petaluma area.

“Education is so important, especially now, when student well-being and academic support are needed to deal with learning loss and the development of social-emotional skills,” Highland said. “We invite the entire community to be part of our mission and make a personal commitment to fund the future by helping to make the dreams of all our students come true.”

The event partners are Petaluma Market, Petaluma Health Care District, Clover Sonoma and Exchange Bank.

Those unable to attend the BASH can still take advantage of Silent Auction items. For more information contact [email protected]

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