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Education for the Children Raises Close to $20,000 for the Tesoro Family of Schools at Annual Spring

More than 200 parents and educators attended the 21st annual spring fundraiser at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club last month on Saturday, April 27. This year’s Education for the Children (EFC) Black & White Bash auction raised approximately $20,000 for the Tesoro Family of Schools, which includes Tesoro High School, Arroyo Vista and Las Flores Middle Schools, and Arroyo Vista, Esencia, Las Flores, Tijeras Creek, and Wagon Wheel Elementary Schools.

The silent auction began with a signature drink, Papa’s Pilar Rum Dark & Stormy, and a wine wall with contributions made by Acme Fine Wines, Crème de la Crème Catering, Ehrenberg Cellars, Foley Family Wines, and Young’s Market Company. The event also included a buffet dinner and dancing to live music by The Vinyl Underground.

The evening featured teacher testimonials from Keith Hancock (Tesoro HS), Kevin Homma (Las Flores MS), Manisha Fish (Esencia Elementary), and Mechaela Vardoulakis (Tijeras Creek Elementary). These educators all received grants from EFC in the fall to fund a variety of classroom needs, including recording software for high school music, super STEAM centers and percussion expansion in middle schools, and chromebooks from elementary schools.

EFCs annual spring event wouldn’t be possible without generous community sponsors, including Wendy’s® and The Boukai Family (Ebony Level); Keystone, Caliber Collision, and Rancho Mission Viejo (Ivory Level); Cox Business, Dr. Colleen H. Daniel, Coola®, and Walmart® (Alabaster Level); Santa Margarita Water District, Centaurus Financial Inc., Cal Elite Kids, Redwood West, and Kumon® (Onyx Level).

EFC is a nonprofit foundation, comprised of parent and community volunteers who raises money to enhance the educational experiences of the students in the Tesoro Family of Schools through its Teacher Grant Program. These grants provide financial support to specific teacher projects, directly impacting students in the classroom.

EFC’s has provided more than $1.9 million in school grants over the past 21 years, including $35,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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