Almost 200 people turned out to celebrate the Bedford Education Foundation in style earlier this month – and help raise almost $20,000 to support creative and innovative projects in the Bedford Schools.
The foundation’s Black and White Birthday Bash was “a huge success,” according to Jennifer Kelley, who headed the planning committee.
“The Bash brought out parents of past, present, and future Bedford students, as well as teachers, administrators, business sponsors, and community leaders for an incredible night that was long overdue,” said Kelley, noting the return to in-person partying.
The BEF, established in 2008, enhances classroom curricular creativity and innovation through direct grants to individual classroom teachers and school administrators, and by collaborating with other established school organizations.
Kelley said her committee “had been hard at work throughout the pandemic to bring other fun and impactful fundraisers to the community, but the goal was always to bring back the Bash when we could. When we did, we wanted the event to be back to our gala standards but also to be just a great time for all. We couldn’t be happier that these goals were achieved and more.”
This year’s event took place for the first time at Cafe Escadrille in Burlington. The agenda featured a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and “socializing and reconnecting with friends,” Kelley said. “And all was against the festive and elegant backdrop of the Black and White 15th birthday theme.”