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For 15 years, the Alhambra Educational Fund (AEF) has sponsored a Gala event designed to raise money to support its important work. This year the Gala took place April 6 at the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel Hotel. The money raised by tickets, silent auction, raffle, and sales of T-shirts will benefit the All Alhambra Unified School District Band on its road to the Rose Parade.
The Gala is also an opportunity for AEF to honor some special people for their service to education. Those honored included Johnny Thompson Music, Business Organization; Ashton Potter, Alhambra School District director of Technology and Information; the Alhambra Teachers Association, Community Organization; Terry Jaurequi, Community Services; and a special honor to Laura Farber-Lopez, Alhambra School District graduate and now president of the Tournament of Roses.
AEF was established in 1993 to support and supplement the programs of the Alhambra Unified School District. As state and local funding for education has been outpaced by the increased needs of modern education, the foundation has stepped up to donate more than $2.8 million in support of district programs. These include Student Leadership Seminars; Authors Festival; computer and technology purchases; purchase of automated external defibrillators for all sites; disaster preparedness equipment and materials; reading incentives; library and classroom books; and more.
For the remainder of 2019, the foundation has a new goal that is bringing the entire community together: the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena. There were over 100 applications of bands to obtain one of the 16 available openings to march and perform in the parade. One of the lucky few that will march down Colorado Blvd. Jan. 1will be the AUSD band, which includes high school student musicians from Mark Keppel, Alhambra, and San Gabriel high schools. While the combined bands are practicing their marching and music, the AEF is focused on raising $200,000 toward the expenses of the parade.
There are costs involved in buying additional uniforms, transportation, food, and water and all the logistical preparations required to get 100 teenagers ready for the big day. There is a lot to do, and the AEF is gearing up to give the high school kids an experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
Support the young musicians by donating to the AEF. Checks can be sent to AEF at P.O. Box 1188, Alhambra, CA 91802. Online donations can be made at http://aef4kids.com/donation/