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March 25, 2014 > Dream Big at Great Gatsby Gala

Dream Big at Great Gatsby Gala

Submitted By Penny Hodges

The Hayward Education Foundation invites you to dust off your top hats and fringe, put on your dancing shoes, and get ready for a night of dancing, entertainment, and socializing. Inspired by F. Scott FitzgeraldÕs fictional Jay Gatsby and his roaring parties, this gala is sure to impress with live music from a variety of Hayward bands, a Photo Booth, no-host cocktails, hors dÕoeuvres, a candy bar, silent auction, and a dance floor! Party goers dressed in theme will receive a free cocktail ticket.

In 1983, a Hayward school teacher, Elaine Adams, was inspired to help teachers improve and expand academic opportunities for HaywardÕs students. Over thirty years later, nearly 920 grants totaling over $830,000 have been awarded, benefiting thousands and thousands of our hopeful youth. Projects are diverse as the imaginations of our teachers and students. Whether it is math, language skills, science, or the arts, projects expand the learning ability of students in ways that are not affordable by the budget.

"Last year, the Hayward Education Foundation was able to fund over 76 percent of the grant requests we received, and that felt good," says President of the Hayward Education Foundation Dianne McDermott. "We were able to bridge a gap with some of the funding losses from the State of California. We would like to do more, and we can with the support of all the components in our community," she adds.

McDermott explains, "This year's [gala] theme is ÔDream Big.Õ We want to send a message that big dreams and bright futures are possible for all Hayward students and teachers and that the job of educating the students in our community is not the single responsibility of the schools; it's a combined effort. If you're a business, you want to be able to hire from within the community, but you have to have a pool of qualified people."

Support Hayward students, education, and the community while having a lot of fun. Attend the Great Gatsby Gala and dare to ÔDream BigÕ! Join the fun on Friday, April 4 at CSU East Bay. Tickets are $60 each. Visit or e-mail for tickets and sponsorship options.

Great Gatsby Gala
Friday, Apr 4
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Student Union at Cal State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward
(510) 881-0890
Tickets: $60

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