April 27, 2013
Once a year, the Las Positas College Foundation holds an entertaining and celebratory fundraising event. The tenth annual BEST of the BEST Gala was held April 27, 2013. The evening was a mix of the BEST of the BEST in fun, performing arts, gourmet food, fine local wine and distinctive signature cocktails.
The evening began with the guests sampling Livermore Valley wines from 11 local wineries and delicious hors d’oeuvres presented by 10 exceptional Tri-Valley restaurants in the elegant Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts on the Las Positas College campus. In addition, throughout the evening a no-host bar served a selection of BEST of the BEST Signature cocktails.
Mid-way through the evening, the guests moved from the Pre-Show Reception to the theater for a Performing Arts Showcase featuring student presentations of dance, vocal & instrumental music and interpretive speaking. After the performances, the evening was capped off with a dessert and champagne celebration of the College.
For two weeks prior to the BEST of the BEST evening, supporters from across the country participated in an exciting and dynamic on-line auction. During the evening, guests also had the opportunity to bid on unique items unavailable on-line. These included wine country adventures, high-end life-style packages and fine art pieces.
The annual event again produced an elegant and tasteful – but low-overhead – event that maximized the profit for the Foundation’s continuing support of the College community. Toward that end, the food, wine, liquor and auction items were all donated and the on-campus venue was cost-free. As a result of its both fun and support-focused format, nearly $85,000 was raised at this year’s BEST of the BEST Gala from guests, on-line supporters and generous corporate sponsors.
The BEST of the BEST is a lovely evening with the beneficiaries being the students, staff, faculty and greater regional community that Las Positas College serves. In the current economic environment of reduced state funding for higher education, this support is critically important to maintaining LPC’s stellar reputation of a high transfer rate to four-year institutions and quality career-technical training.