Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Gala for Students Raises $300,000 to Benefit Students, Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Founding Board Members 

by | May 24, 2023 | Events, News

Carlsbad, CA – May 23, 2023 – The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) hosted their annual Gala for Students on May 20, 2023, commemorating their 40th anniversary and celebrating the educational opportunities and resources that they help fund to support students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. The event, held at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa, brought together community members, philanthropists, and supporters of education, resulting in an incredible fundraising success of over $300,000, all dedicated to supporting Carlsbad students. 

One of the highlights of the evening was the presence of five esteemed individuals who were integral in the establishment of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. A handful of the founding board of directors, consisting of Mary Scherr, Kip McBane, Ed Scarpelli, Dottie Hagaman, and Hap L’Heureux, were honored guests at the event.  

“We are immensely grateful for the support we have received from our community over the past 40 years,” said Laura Pitts, CEO of Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “The Gala for Students was the perfect occasion to celebrate the milestones we have achieved, the tremendous amount of community support that helped us get here, and our founding board members, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in making CEF what it is today.” 

The funds raised at the Gala for Students will go directly towards supporting over 40 programs in music, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math), and educational innovation both inside and outside of the classroom. The funds raised will have a profound impact on the lives of over 11,000 Carlsbad students, empowering them to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams.  

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all the sponsors, donors, and attendees who made the Gala for Students an outstanding success. Together, they have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to education and the betterment of the Carlsbad community.