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February 10, 2012 > It's a "safari adventure!"

It's a "safari adventure!"

Submitted By Sherea Westra
Photos By courtesy of Dirk Lorenz

Strap on your pith helmets! Fremont Education Foundation's (FEF's) annual "Excellence in Education" Gala is "going on safari" to raise funds for innovative teacher grants and this year's event is full of adventure and fun.

The Gala, Friday, February 24, is the only fundraising event in Fremont that promotes and celebrates excellence in education at the K-12 level within public schools. Funds raised for the Foundation's grants will allow FEF to continue to sponsor and expand support of exceptional projects in classrooms, improving educational achievement and broadening the horizons and experiences of students. Over the past 20 years, FEF has awarded over 175 grants to teachers, directly benefiting tens of thousands of students in district schools.

Nina Moore, FEF Associate Board member and Co-Chair of the 2012 Gala states, "As always, our goal is to entertain and inspire in support of a good cause - to raise funds for innovative programs in FUSD schools that support academic achievement, leadership development, fitness, character education, and arts appreciation."

Community members will entertain the audience throughout the evening, culminating in the celebration of the two honorees - one from within the Fremont Unified School District and one from the greater community - selected for their outstanding contributions to education within Fremont. This year, FEF is proud to recognize the contributions of Helen Paris, Washington High School teacher, as the 2012 "Excellence in Education" FUSD Honoree, and the Fremont Firefighters Association, as the 2012 "Excellence in Education" Community Honoree.

Helen Paris has been a teacher and mentor to many students in FUSD for the past 23 years. She is a proud Washington High School "Husky" Alumna, and Student Activities Director. Her goal is to have students engaged in understanding the role of American History and love for our country. Students are challenged to focus on citizenship, community interaction and civic virtue.

Fremont Firefighters Local 1689 was first established as Fremont Firefighters Association, Inc., May 18, 1963. The Association has sponsored Fremont Education Foundation events over many years, helping to ensure that students within the Fremont Unified School District have access to materials, equipment and programs that would otherwise be out of reach due to budget cuts. They have also contributed to many other charities and programs over the years, too numerous to mention, providing extensive support to families and children.

Evening festivities will commence with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner. Entree choices are: steak and potatoes, salmon and wild rice, or a vegetarian "vegetable napoleon." Scrumptious desserts, passion fruit mousse cake or black forest cake, will tempt the palate.

Gala attendees have an opportunity to win raffle prizes, including wine baskets, tickets to local museums and many other items. In addition, event-goers may bid on a wide array of silent auction items, such as an overnight stay in a luxury tent at Safari West or the opportunity to be "FUSD Superintendent for the Day." This year, the Gala will include a fun twist to the classic "heads or tails" game where one lucky winner will win a special prize. Join us as we have fun while supporting this wonderful cause!

Tickets are priced at $80 each/$55 for FUSD teachers or clerical staff. ($38 is tax-deductible.) Table sponsorships are available at $800 for a table of ten people. To register for this special evening, visit Reservations are required by February 15.

Attire is casual, but dressing for an adventure, in safari khaki or animal prints, is encouraged!

Excellence in Education Gala - "Safari Adventure"
Friday, Feb 24
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley
46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont
(510) 659-2561

Tickets: $80 per person/$55 FUSD teachers or clerical staff
Register online at:
Reservations required by February 15
Proceeds benefit FEF's Innovative Education Grants Program

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