Mayor Steve Del Guercio honored at foundation's annual Spring Gala
More than 550 people attend event, which raised more than $400,000.
Event co-chair Kelly McWilliams, left, and La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation's executive director Deborah Weirick talk at the foundation's Spring Gala at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / March 9, 2013)
Honored with this year's Spirit of Outstanding Service was Mayor Steve Del Guercio, who is completing his final term on the City Council this spring.
PHOTOS: La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation's Spring Gala
The fundraiser, held at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, netted more than $400,000 in support of the public schools, according to Deborah Weirick, the foundation's executive director.
This year's committee chose a red-carpet theme, with one aspect of old Hollywood glamour carried out by La Cañada High School students toting cameras and acting as the evening's “paparazzi.”
“The evening had a nice feel, a nice flow,” Weirick said, adding that she's noticed community members, particularly the school families, are responding to the foundation's call to action, to make a commitment to donate at least $2,500 annually for the betterment of the schools.
A special auction raised $100,000 that will be earmarked for the installation of iPad stations on the district's campuses, one per grade level at the elementary schools and several at LCHS for the 7-8 and 9-12 programs there, according to Weirick.
The auction highlight turned out to be a single parking place on the La Cañada High School campus for a school year. This drew so much interest and so many competing bids that school officials in attendance approved auctioning off three of them, garnering $3,000 per space. “We brought in $9,000 on that one auction item,” Weirick said. “It was unbelievable.”