Four months after it organized a discussion of the educational documentary, , the Beverly Hills Education Foundation has announced a related theme for its Apple Ball fundraiser to be held this April.
The theme for this year’s ball, “Why Wait for Superman?” is an effort to remind the community that “they are their own heroes,” said BHEF chief executive Dev Hankin.
The is a nonprofit group that raises money and pays for extracurricular programs at all five Beverly Hills schools. Most significantly, it pays for additional staff members at the schools, a function that cannot be provided by the PTAs because state guidelines prohibit them from paying for personnel.
The BHEF’s biggest fundraiser each year is the Apple Ball, held every spring at the . The formal affair honors one teacher at each of the K-8 schools and two teachers from Beverly Hills High School. One Beverly Hills Unified School District administrator and one classified employee are also honored.
The honored teachers are chosen by the school principals, while the administrative and classified winners are chosen by the BHUSD superintendent.
“BHEF does not select them,” Hankin said.
The honorees attend the ball, which normally costs $300 a person. However, parents and other community members can buy a ticket for a teacher for $100.
Sticking with the Superman theme, the teachers and staff are getting “The Justice League of America” awards. Other community members will also receive awards.
The BHUSD honorees are:
- Horace Mann School Assistant Principal Dana Findley
- BHUSD office manager Susie Wallach
- BHHS Social Studies teacher Steward Horowitz
- BHHS director of student activities Loren Newman
- Beverly Vista School English teacher Elizabeth Akins
- El Rodeo School technology teacher Philip Babcock
- Hawthorne School Social Studies and English Teacher Jane Geletko
- Horace Mann kindergarten teacher Annette Goldstein
Patch encourages residents to support the BHEF. However, this columnist wishes that Apple Ball tickets were available at a lower cost. The high ticket cost prohibits many dedicated parents from attending.
For more information about the ball or to buy tickets, visit the BHEF website. Buyers get a $50 early-bird discount if they buy tickets by Friday, Feb. 18.