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February 18, 2014 > Be True To Your School

Be True To Your School

Submitted By Fremont Education Foundation

The Fremont Education FoundationÕs (FEF) annual ÒExcellence in EducationÓ Gala is bringing out school spirit to raise funds for Innovative Education Grant program. In its twelfth year, this annual fundraiser is sure to soar with school pride and big game entertainment!

The "Excellence in Education" Gala is the only fundraising event in Fremont that promotes and celebrates excellence in education at the K-12 level within our public schools. Funds raised for the Foundation's grants will allow us to continue to sponsor and expand our support of exceptional projects in our classrooms, with the intention of improving educational achievement and broadening the horizons and experiences of our students that include leadership development, technology, science, fitness, character education, and arts appreciation. For more than ten years, FEF has awarded over 200 grants to teachers, directly benefiting tens of thousands of students in our schools.

Kathy Kimberlin, FEF Vice President of the Innovative Education Grants Program and Co-Chair of the Gala states, ÒThe Gala is a wonderful night out to support a great cause Ð investing in Fremont Unified students; after all, they are our future employees, employers, and leaders of Fremont. Business, school and community members come together to honor those that have greatly impacted our educational community in Fremont. I look forward to this collaborative celebration!Ó
Students from various Fremont Unified School District schools will entertain the audience throughout the night as the event builds up to the celebration of the two honorees for their outstanding contributions to education in FremontÑone representing the Fremont Unified School District and one representing the greater community.
This year, we are proud to celebrate the contributions of retired Kennedy High School coach Pete Michaletos as our 2013 ÒExcellence in EducationÓ FUSD Honoree. Pete has given countless hours to students, not only as a coach, but also as a life mentor. He taught physical education, mathematics, served as the Athletic Director for over 25 years, and was the head coach for 46 years. Students became family to Pete, and his wife Jan, who often coached life skills to students. In 2011, Pete was inducted to the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This honored and surprised Pete. He said ÒYou do something that you love doing, and someone wants to give you an award for that. ItÕs kind of nice.Ó
We celebrate the Bonaccorsi Family as our 2013 "Excellence in Education" Community Honorees. Father Paul was an educator and educational leader in Fremont Unified for 28 years. He also taught at Ohlone College until he passed on in June 2000. He was very active with the Fremont Symphony and Fremont Philharmonic serving as board member and past president.
Mother Tina is a retired registered nurse who worked with a variety of organizations and supported the onboarding of electronic medical records for providers and patients. Her support for local arts begins with her support for the Fremont Symphony back when it was called the Fremont Philharmonic. She also supports the Fremont Opera as a board member and is a very active supporter of YokoÕs Dance & Performing Arts Academy.
David Bonaccorsi is a former FEF board member, past president, and current associate board member, with significant contributions to the Guy Emanuele Sports Scholarship program. He is a current Planning Commissioner and serves on the board for Abode Services and Music at the Mission, as well as the Fremont Chamber Government Affairs Committee. When he is not serving his clients at the law firm Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, you will see him at most local fundraising events that support local non-profits and charities.
DavidÕs wife Teresa is currently an elementary school principal who brought a struggling school, Durham Elementary, up to the honor of becoming a National Blue Ribbon School. She has dedicated many years to Fremont Unified with her expertise in managing bilingual education offices providing growth and opportunity for staff, students and their families.
Greg Bonaccorsi is a junior high school teacher. He is a former Fremont Teacher Association president and continues outreach to state and national organizations that continue education and promote opportunities for teachers. Currently he is serving as a board of director with the National Education Association. He is an elected trustee for the Ohlone Community College District with dedicated service to education for at least 26 years. GregÕs wife Diane has been a Fremont Unified educator and supports many local educational and political causes.
The evening will include a sit down dinner and entertainment. Attire is gala appropriate, but dressing with school spirit is suggested; this includes wearing your current elementary, junior high, high school or college school colors. Or perhaps dress as a school character (football player, cheerleader, club member, referee, teacher, cafeteria worker, mascot). Attendees will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes, which include wine baskets, spa treatments, tickets to local museums, and much more. Additionally, they will have the chance to bid on a wide array of silent auction items. The Gala will include a fun twist to the classic Òheads or tailsÓ game where one lucky winner will win a cash prize. This game brings fun times and laughs among local educators and supporters of education. Please join as we have fun supporting a wonderful and purposeful cause!

Our proud sponsors this year include Fremont Bank, Lam Research, Kaiser Permanente, Robson Homes, Fremont Chevrolet and Dale Hardware.

Tickets are priced at $80 each, of which $38 is tax-deductible. Teachers have a discounted ticket price of $55. Table sponsorships are available for $800 for a table of ten people. For more details on the Fremont Education Foundation, please visit our website

Excellence in Education Gala
Friday, Feb 28
5:30 p.m. Ð 10 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont
(510) 659-2561
Tickets: $80

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