During their annual Dancing with Diamonds Ball, members of the Glendale Educational Foundation received more than they gave away.
At the Hilton Glendale on Friday (Feb. 8) the donations were generous. On the top of the donor list were members of the Glendale School Board. President Christine Walters presented a check for $150,000 to Laurel Patric, President of the Foundation. Besides Walters, holding a giant replica of the check were Board Vice President Nayiri Nahabedian, Clerk Mary Boger, members Greg Krikorian and Joylene Wagner along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Sheehan.
Another generous donor was Arturo Sandoval of the Arturo Sandoval Institute. Through the Institute, Sandoval is dedicated to preserving instrumental music in public schools. Sandoval, a jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer, gave a check for $10,000 for the Foundation’s Save the Music campaign. Money from the campaign will fund instrumental music programs in Glendale elementary schools. The fundraising goal is $500,000 this academic year. A good portion of Sandoval’s donation came from the recent Arturo Sandoval & His Big Band performance at the Alex Theatre.