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Irvine Public Schools Foundation ramps up for fundraising events

Organization holds 'tweetup' Wednesday, I-Jam for Teachers and Family Festival on May 23.

By Ashly McGlonePublished: May 18, 2010 12:32 PM

The Irvine Public Schools Foundation is preparing for two upcoming fundraising events, both aimed at supporting the city's educational institutions.

First, as part of its seventh annual Dream Stakes Home Raffle – which boasts a grand prize of a $700,000 home at the luxury high-rise 3000 The Plaza or $500,000 in cash – the organization is partnering with Bacchus Secret Cellar in Irvine for a "tweetup" on May 19. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature a number of raffle prizes, such as a bottle of Silver Oak Napa Cabernet; dinner for two at Crystal Jade; or wine tasting for six at Bacchus.

Then, on May 23, the foundation will host the largest fundraiser in the history of Irvine's schools: the I-Jam for Teachers and Family Festival.

Held at Irvine High School from 2 to 6 p.m., the event will feature musical artists All Star Weekend, School Gyrls, Evan Taubenfeld and Tamar Kaprelian, as well as Irvine bands Motormouth and Pockitchange.

Carnival games, bounce houses, face painting and other activities will also be offered.

Irvine Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support Irvine schools and programs. All proceeds from the event will benefit the city’s teachers and schools.

“First and foremost, I-Jam is the community’s way of saying a tremendous ‘thank you’ to Irvine’s amazing public school teachers and staff,” said Neda Zaengle, CEO of IPSF. “It’s also a testament to the respect our students have for their teachers and schools, and their willingness to step forward and help when needed.”

The original idea for the event came from University High School senior Gautam Pandit after attending a district quarterly school site meeting. Pandit noticed the looks of despair on administrators' faces in response to the state’s fiscal crisis.

“I thought, this is just terrible; something needs to be done,” Pandit said. “Our teachers and staff give so much of themselves every day, and do such an extraordinary job, and the least we can do as students and as a community is to let them know how much their efforts are appreciated.”  

Admission is free with the purchase of a $12 event T-shirt available at all Irvine public schools, or through the foundation. Tickets will cost $15 at the event. Those who purchase a ticket for the Dream Stakes Home Raffle will also receive free admission.

OC METRO editor Tina Borgatta is slated to pull the winning early-bird ticket for the raffle on May 28. The winner of the drawing will have the choice of a new 3-Series BMW or $20,000 cash.

Other upcoming Dream Stakes Home Raffle prizes include: a hotel package to six oceanfront resorts in Orange County or one year of free rent at The Park, a luxury apartment community in the Irvine Spectrum Center. Tickets cost $150.

Founded 1996, the Irvine Public Schools Foundation's efforts support fine arts, science, music, after-school and summer enrichment programs, smaller classes, counseling and competitive grants to innovative teachers in Irvine’s public schools.

For more information, visit irvinedreamstakes.com.

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