On Tuesday, May 1 downtown Healdsburg’s Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites hosted “Healdsburg Flavors,” a benefit event for the Healdsburg Education Foundation to support local public schools.
The event, which sold out for the second year in a row, showcased local food and beverage vendors and raised just over $10,000 through ticket sales and a Donor Match challenge.
“We believe strong businesses give back and reinvest in their communities, and we were honored to partner with so many incredible local businesses to support HEF,” said Paul Deas, owner of Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites.
Open to the public, the event offered an opportunity to indulge and take in the layout of the suites, and to speak first hand with educators, education foundation board members and longtime community advocates for public education.
Guests were able to learn more about the programs and culture being developed in Healdsburg schools, and converse directly with the individuals that are bringing those visions to life.
“HEF works hard to fundraise for programs that enrich and inspire over 1,500 Healdsburg students and we are so grateful for the generous support of our community,” said Dana Grande, president of the board of directors for the Healdsburg Education Foundation.
Participating vendors included Rootdown, Cartograph, Portalupi and Ryme Wines Cellars, Sipsong Spirits Distillery, Café Lucia, Chevoo cheeses, Houtskool Dumplings, Volo Chocolates and Healdsburg High School’s Culinary Arts Team.
The donations, which will go directly to this school year’s programs, will help to fund class field trips, college visits, math coaches and early childhood education, among other initiatives. To learn more or to donate to the Healdsburg Education Foundation, visit www.hefschools.com.
— submitted by Kira Ehrmann