What a year it has been! The 2016-2017 campaign, celebrating MEF’s 35th anniversary, was a year of honoring the past and inspiring the future. I can’t think of a better way to honor that legacy than by reaching our fundraising goal of $2,200,000. This commitment to supporting excellent educational opportunities for all Moraga public school students was reconfirmed by an outpouring of support from parents, community members, and business & civic sponsors. It is a privilege to be a part of a community, dedicated to our children, that works hard to maintain these opportunities for every student, every day.
In March, the MEF 35th Anniversary Auction & Dinner Dance was an amazing evening of celebration and inspiration. For the first time in MEF’s history, an event dedicated to fundraising for the Foundation was held in honor of this important milestone. It was humbling to see such generosity from sponsors, donors, bidders, and volunteers. By the end of the evening over $210,000 had been raised, which made it possible to reach the MEF Endowment Fund’s initial goal of $1,000,000. Truly an inspiring moment for students to know their community was investing in their future.
As we look to the 2017-2018 campaign, the reasons MEF was founded over 35 years ago largely remain the same; to bridge the gap between the state funding our schools receive and the actual cost of educating our students. The reality is, quality public education isn’t free and our districts don’t receive adequate money from our state. In the coming year, our districts will be in deficit spending, and anticipate that to continue, due to rising education costs without increased state funding. MEF will continue to fundraise to sustain vital staff and programs and rely on the community to help us reach our goal.
On behalf of Moraga’s public school students, I would like to express my appreciation for your investment in their education. What a privilege it has been to see this community honor MEF’s legacy and inspire future generations of students.
Heather Davis, MEF President