April 26, 2014
Once a year, the Las Positas College Foundation holds an entertaining and celebratory fundraising event. The 11th annual BEST of the BEST Gala will be held April 26, 2014. The evening will be a mix of the BEST of the BEST in fun, Performing Arts, gourmet food, fine local wine and distinctive signature cocktails.
The evening will begin with the guests sampling Livermore Valley wines from remarkable local wineries and delicious hors d’oeuvres presented by exceptional Tri-Valley restaurants in the elegant Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts on the Las Positas College campus.
Mid-way through the evening, the guests will move from the Pre-Show Reception to the theater for a Performing Arts Showcase featuring student presentations of dance, vocal, music and interpretive speaking. After the performances, the evening is to be capped off with a dessert and champagne celebration of the College.
For a least two weeks prior to the BEST of the BEST evening, supporters from across the country will to able to participate in an exciting and dynamic on-line auction. During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to bid on several unique items unavailable on-line. These will include wine country meals and adventures and high-end life-style packages for professional cultural and sporting events.
The goal of the event is to produce an elegant and tasteful – but low-overhead – event to maximize the profit for the Foundation’s continuing support of the College community. Toward this end, the food, wine, liquor and auction items are all donated and the on-campus venue is cost-free. Many of the support elements, such as lighting, decorations and rentals, are provided at or below cost. Guest tickets are priced at just $125. As an added incentive for sharing the fun, an eighth guest will be admitted FREE with the purchase of 7 tickets!
The BEST of the BEST gala 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 of 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.
Las Positas is the Tri-Valley community’s college. It serves the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, and surrounding unincorporated areas. The mission of Las Positas College is to foster growth and success, both in its students and in the communities it serves. The College strives to fulfill this mission through comprehensive educational programs and services and through community partnerships that enhance the vitality of its primary service area.
For nearly 40 years, Las Positas College has provided an exceptional two-year curriculum for students seeking career preparation, transfer to a four-year college or university, or personal enrichment. Its watchword and goal is Students First. Located in Livermore California, Las Positas College offers over 80 associate degree and 28 technical and vocational certificate programs for approximately 9,000 students each year.
As it looks toward the future, the College seeks to maintain its characteristic dedication to student success while evolving into a national leader in community college education. Unfortunately, this goal is at risk due to the current economic environment. Recently, state funding for California community colleges has been challenging. Even with the recent passage of Proposition 30, FY ‘13-‘14 support has been reduced significantly from prior years.
The Las Positas College Foundation supports the mission of the College and advances its vision for the future through active resource development. Established in 2003, the Foundation was created to ensure that the students, faculty, staff and communities that LPC serves have a premier community college.
For further information, contact:
Ted Kaye, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
3000 Campus Hill Drive
Livermore, CA 94551-9797
IRS Number 71-0942040