The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District hosted its 20th Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, March 19th at Sands Event Center, raising over $48,000 in net proceeds to support their mission – to enhance the learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District.
Over 450 guests enjoyed interactive student expos, student musical performances, dynamic décor, placing bids on Silent Auction items, the newly added Giving Wall and a friendly game of “Are You Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader?” trivia game. Arriving to the dinner, guests were greeted outside by Freedom High School’s Fife and Drummers and Liberty High School’s Bagpipers and Fanfare Trumpeters. Led by students from Freemansburg and Calypso elementary schools, guests experienced the Portable Green Screen Student Expo presenting them with the opportunity to participate in a congratulatory video. Over dinner musical entertainment was provided by Freedom High School Jazz Band. With over 50 Silent Auction packages, guests enjoyed competing for winning bids on assorted items including student artwork, sports packages, food packages and more. The energy of the event was elevated when a flash mob of over 125 Liberty High School students broke out during the speech of Jessica Moyer, President of The Foundation. To end the evening, each table grouped together to compete for the bragging rights to claim they are indeed “Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader”!
“The Foundation has been supporting students of the Bethlehem Area School District since 1999. With over 20 years in operation, The Foundation has a great deal to celebrate. In 1999, The Foundation contributed $3,000 towards program support. This past year, it contributed over $186,000 enhancing learning opportunities for the students of BASD. Thanks to The Foundation’s dedicated trustees, volunteers, teachers, students, and community supporters, we celebrated our accomplishments while raising a remarkable amount of money,” said Julie Bailey, Executive Director of The Foundation.
All proceeds of the 20th Anniversary Dinner will be used towards Teacher Innovation Grants, Service Learning Grants, Curriculum Based Field Trips, Project Lead the Way – Engineering Program, Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Science Program, Farm to School Program, and the Our Leaders of Tomorrow Fund.