IRVINE GIVES BACK
Lia Stude Werkit Photo
The Spirit of Excellence honorees included the band Thrice, graduates of University and Irvine high schools in Irvine
FIVEPOINT'S COMMITMENT TO
FivePoint Chairman and CEO Emile Haddad and his wife Dina.
“At FivePoint we have a deep commitment to enhancing the community because we believe that every solution in the world starts with education.”
Irvine Public Schools Foundation celebrates 20 years
IPSF gala raises $780,000 for public education in the community.
By Kedric Francis | October 30, 2016
Guests dressed in black tie arrived at Kia Motors Headquarters in Irvine on an October evening with one goal in mind: to support Irvine’s public schools. The event was the Irvine Public Schools Foundation 7th annual Spirit of Excellence Gala, which honors distinguished alums from Irvine Unified School District and raises money to keep the district among the best.
Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, IPSF has donated more than $63 million in grants and program services to support local schools. What few may realize is that the state support IUSD receives is among the lowest of any school district in California. “With the funds raised at this gala we’re able to improve Irvine public schools, and fund critical programs and initiatives to enrich the educational experience of the over 33,000 students in IUSD,” said Neda Eaton, president and CEO of IPSF.
FivePoint chairman and CEO Emile Haddad announced that the company would continue as presenting sponsor of the event for another three years, and made an additional $100,000 donation.
“As government funding evaporates, we will be called on more often to help fill the void, and it’s only through these public-private partnerships that we’re able to preserve the quality and excellence of our public education,” Haddad said at the event. “At FivePoint we have a deep commitment to enhancing the community because we believe that every solution in the world starts with education.”
The Spirit of Excellence honorees included the band Thrice, graduates of University and Irvine high schools in Irvine; Will Ferrell, a University High School alum, who was present in spirit thanks to a clever impersonation by Irvine High School student and IPSF scholarship winner Ryan Lee; and the Irvine Company, which was named the Legacy Award honoree for its contributions to Irvine schools.
The entertainment included the Grammy Award-winning Woodbridge High School choir, a video skit by Irvine 5th graders impersonating the presidential candidates, and a hilarious set by former Saturday Night Life cast member Nasim Pedrad. She grew up in Irvine, and poked good-natured fun at the crowd: “This is my home. I come back as often as I can. It’s almost 8 p.m.— isn’t it past everyone’s bedtime here?”
Irvine Chief of Police Mike Hamel, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi and
IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker