By Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation
The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF) is proud to recognize its corporate sponsors for the 2013-2014 school year. Since 1997, the RSFEF has been a source of vital funding that enables the extraordinary education experienced by students at R. Roger Rowe School. The cornerstone of the RSFEF is its Five Star Education Program, which focuses on small class size, specialized teachers, literacy excellence, integrated science and differentiated mathematics. This year the RSFEF is providing a grant of $1.1 million to the school district generously donated by school families. To help meet its goal of raising these important funds, the RSFEF hosts numerous events throughout the school year that would not be possible without the generous support of its corporate sponsors.
To kick off the school year, the RSFEF hosts a series of social events for families new to R. Roger Rowe School, including pool parties, a back-to-school barbeque, and the Newcomers Cocktail Party. These events are geared towards welcoming new families and easing the transition of their children into the school community. Later in the year, the RSFEF hosts its annual Cap and Gown and the Scholars’ Circle Recognition evenings honoring those who have generously donated to the RSFEF. Marquee sponsor Wells Fargo has sponsored these events since 2008.
“As one of San Diego County’s most generous corporate givers, Wells Fargo is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation,” said Laura Stansberry, Southern California regional managing director for Wells Fargo Private Bank. “Supporting education is a top priority for Wells Fargo and to help ensure that today’s youth are receiving the support they need to become our future leaders, Wells Fargo contributes locally more than $1 million each year to San Diego County schools, educational programs and organizations like the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation.”
Critical to the success of the RSFEF events are local businesses that donate their resources to various functions throughout the year. Early in the school year, the RSFEF hosts the annual Scholars’ Circle Informational to introduce new families to the importance of the Scholars’ Circle giving levels. The RSFEF wraps up the school year with the annual Toast of the Town Art Auction, which highlights works of art made by students and offers them in a live auction to the parent community. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe generously provides use of its facilities and staff to make these events a success. The annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day is an opportunity for grandparents and visitors to experience the extraordinary environment of the school. Coffee and pastries are generously donated by The Inn for this special day as well. Gordon MacMitchell, general manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe states, “the owners and management of The Inn feel it is very important to support our local school and children’s education.”
Mossy Toyota generously provided the funds needed for an excellent marketing program for the RSFEF, enabling its members to share their vision of excellence with the school community. Frank Financial has made a generous contribution of underwriting the informational video presented at Back-to-School nights, and is also underwriting Field Day for the students. Other local businesses, including Caffé Positano and Rancho Sandwich, owned by Tim Cusac, provide coffee and pastries to many parent and staff functions throughout the year, including the Back-to- School Coffee, Halloween Carnival, and Leadership Team meetings, among other events. Delicias Restaurant hosts an elegant dinner for families of the school, from which proceeds are donated to the RSFEF. “As a neighborhood restaurant, we want to find ways to connect with the community. We get many charity requests every week for many different causes; we felt that to close the restaurant to the public for a night and be able to commit to raising significant funds is important. The Education Foundation is what makes the Ranch a special place to live and we are committed to helping,” said Owen Perry, owner of Delicias Restaurant.
The RSFEF also gratefully recognizes the food and beverages donated and discounted for RSFEF events. Nothing Bundt Cakes and Thyme in the Ranch provide delicious food and drink for Staff Appreciation Lunches, and Village Market and Brett’s BBQ donate ice and discounted food for various school events. Something Homemade donated food and services for the Newcomers Cocktail Party, and have traditionally supplied the back-to-school lunch. All are greatly appreciated resources and contribute to the success of the RSFEF and the spirit of “it takes a village to raise a child.”
The RSFEF is committed to its goal of providing the necessary resources to enable R. Roger Rowe to function as one of the finest public schools in the State of California and beyond. It takes the commitment and resources from the surrounding community to make that goal a reality, and the RSFEF extends its deepest appreciation to its corporate sponsors for their generosity in contributing to the extraordinary educational experience enjoyed by the students of the R. Roger Rowe School.
For more information, visit www.rsfef.org or contact the Education Foundation at 858-756-141, x208.