Schoolpower’s ‘Stroke of Genius’ Breaks Records

0
1080
Share this:
“Guest” Albert Einstein underscores the gala’s “Stroke of Genius” theme with Schoolpower’s director, Robin Rounaghi.Photo by Blue Sky's Studio.
“Guest” Albert Einstein underscores the gala’s “Stroke of Genius” theme with Schoolpower’s director, Robin Rounaghi.Photo by Blue Sky’s Studio.

Local education foundation SchoolPower, which broke records this year with its community campaign, continued its winning streak at its 30th annual gala “Stroke of Genius,” held on Saturday, March 21. The featured Fund-a-Need, to advance a district initiative to transform classrooms, raised $212,000, the most money in the history of such campaigns by the organization.

Schoolpower president Tom Motherway and LBUSD chief technology officer Mike Morrison appealed to the gala audience with a video from the sort of desks on the district’s wish list.

Donors Brent and Wendy Martini embraced the district’s annual initiative.
Donors Brent and Wendy Martini embraced the district’s annual initiative.

In order to outfit 12 classrooms with large monitors, audio systems and innovative furniture that permit reconfiguring and collaboration among students, $424,000 was needed (or $35,500 per class). District officials pledged half, which meant Schoolpower needed to raise the remainder in one night.

The ambitious goal was helped greatly by the compelling words and action of Thurston Middle School parent Brent Martini, says a statement from Robin Rounaghi, the organization’s executive director.

The district’s technology officer Mike Morrison, left, and Schoolpower president Tom Motherway, right, pitch to fund desks that easily move to enable student collaboration.
The district’s technology officer Mike Morrison, left, and Schoolpower president Tom Motherway, right, pitch to fund desks that easily move to enable student collaboration.

An active backer of past instructional initiatives, Martini stepped forward at the beginning of the bidding to fund three classrooms. “What I learned is that the district has great intentions, but they can only go so fast… so I asked, how do we accelerate that?” he asked.

Others, including Holly and David Wilson, responded by enthusiastically pledging.

In addition to the $212,000 directed to Fund-a-Need, over $157,000 was raised by 330 guests bidding on the live and silent auctions.

Event chairs Amy Kramer and Angela Shipp enlisted an Albert Einstein impersonator to bring home the “Stroke of Genius” theme.

 

To view the 2015 Fund-a-Need video or to learn more about SchoolPower’s support for Laguna Beach schools, go to lbschoolpower.org.  

 

Share this:
Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
  • Hate speech that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic slurs, or calls for violence against a particular type of person.
  • Obscenity and excessive cursing.
  • Libelous language, whether or not the writer knows what they're saying is false.
We require users to provide their true full name, including first and last names, as a condition for comments. We reserve the right to change this policy based on future developments.

Scroll down to comment on this post.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here