The Glendale Educational Foundation’s “Dancing with Diamonds” 2011 hit every goal it set out for itself in the face of declining state revenues for education. With a glittering Hilton Glendale Hotel as its setting, 350 supporters attended the gala dinner and dance on Feb. 11. Each paid $100 to support Glendale schools. Of those, another generous 100 paid $50 for an empty champagne flute for two chances to win a one-half--karot diamond. (Rumor has it Kim Sheehan won one of the diamonds.)
Glendale School’s Deputy Superintendent and emcee John Garcia started the evening with a welcome and VIP introductions, including Superintendent Richard Sheehan.
Diamond Award Presentations were made by Foundation Board Member Lynn Miyamoto. A crowd favorite was Deb Rinder who was recognized for “Distinguished Achievement in Health & Fitness.” Rinder, Glendale High School Principal, started the Glendale area Challenger Baseball League for physically and developmentally challenged children 17 years ago. In Rinder’s world, “There are no umpires, no one is out and everyone hits home runs.” Accompanying Rinder were proud parents from Glendale, Kay and Jim Rinder.