EVENT: IPSF 2012 Spirit of Excellence Gala

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: receiving an education is one of the most important things in the world. Regardless of circumstance, the process of structured learning is altogether empowering and a crucial catalyst for building a better life. Unfortunately, not everyone gets dealt a fair hand when it comes to spending time in a classroom. Whether its personal financial struggles or governmental budget cuts, hardship in the world of education can be crippling. Here in California, the “smaller budget, bigger class-size” situation is becoming a little too common. One such organization that helps to combat that is the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

Since 1996, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) has donated over 20 million dollars to support the needs of children in classrooms. Currently, their grassroots efforts directly service 33 schools and a total of 28,000 students. In fact, IPSF is the only organization in Irvine “entrusted and charged with the mission of raising funds on behalf of every school and student in Irvine” at every level. Amazing stuff!

So, when they asked us to once again get involved in their annual Spirit of Excellence Gala, we just couldn’t pass it up. After all, they’re working to aid the very schools we attended in our younger days – not that we’re all that old.

Last year, we had the pleasure of donating a select crop of our handcrafted goods for their  ever-popular silent auction. The bid wars from attendees help to provide crucial financial support for their work. With items like signed guitars from Orange County music mavens No Doubt and Young the Giant as well as signature paintings from Laguna legend Wyland, the FLY CANVAS crew felt honored to be amounts the local contributors.

We know most of you lovelies couldn’t be there in person, so here’s handful of snapshots from the festivities –  some from our trusty cellular devices; others from the shutterbugs at the OC Register. Enjoy!

From hip-hopified violinist kicking off the event to the inter-speech entertainment insdie the ballroom from the Spirit of Excellent Gala was nothing short of a marvelous time. Most importantly, in just one evening, IPSF was able to fundraise $340,000 from attendees in support for Irvine schools.

The vibe? Get a taste of how the Gala got down with this classic skit they showed to kick off the event. Who says giving back can’t be fun?

Special thanks to Neda Zaengle, Cheryl Van Camp and The Larsen Family for taking such amazing care of us! We’re so stoked to support every IPSF effort we can.

For more information of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, including easy ways to get involved and support the future of Irvine education, kindly visit www.ipsf.net.

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