PENINSULA - Once again the Ocean Beach Education Foundation is planning for their annual dinner and auction with an invitation to enjoy the splendor of the Mardi Gras.
It has been 12 years since the first fund-raising event - an ice cream social. Inspired by the late Admiral John G. Jack William's vision to enhance educational opportunities for all Peninsula children, this event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27.
In order to offset some of the expenses of hosting this event, members of the U.S. Coast Guard at Cape Disappointment held two car washes and raised $1,300, which they contributed to the Ocean Beach Education Foundation. In addition to raising money, the Coast Guard in the past has also helped with set up, cooking and clean up for this event.
It is only with the generosity of individuals, organizations and merchants of the Long Beach Peninsula and across the river that the Foundation can sustain fund-raising events. The Ilwaco Alumni Association has also pledged to support the Foundation and has so far raised over $150,000 in donations and pledges.
The proceeds of this auction are to help grow a fund to be used as an alternate funding source for educational opportunities students would not otherwise have on a regular basis. Last year's auction generated over $49,000.
The money raised through the auction helps every student in our public school district. Purchased last year were classroom learning materials and equipment such as a Dreamweaver Studio MX, two Yamaha speakers and one classical guitar, two microphone set-ups, childhood education books, dictionaries and thesauruses, graphing calculators, a counseling and career curriculum and frames for display of student artwork.
The success of the auction is due to the support and contributions from our community. The staff and students of the Ocean Beach School District benefit greatly from this broad-based effort.