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April 26, 2013

Column: Have you tipped your hat to education lately?

In a year when educators and students are working diligently to raise student achievement to new levels, the Salem Education Foundation invites all Salemites to support and celebrate their efforts at the first Hats Off to Education! weekend.

The fun begins at the Hawthorne Hotel at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the new gala and auction and continues at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, starting at the Salem Five community room at Education Day, a free community day for children and adults co-sponsored with the city of Salem. Join us as we support and celebrate public education in Salem. All proceeds will benefit the Salem Education Foundation and all public schools in Salem, funding valuable academic and extracurricular programs that are not funded by public dollars. This is the only annual fundraiser to benefit public schools in Salem; its success depends on everyone’s participation.

This “hat-themed” ticketed Gala Friday night features a live auction, $5,000 reverse raffle, great food and live music performed by Henley Douglas Rhythm and Blues and the new Wall of Wine, where a $20 donation wins you a bottle of wine and a chance to win one of five free cases of wine. Erik Rodenheiser of the Griffin Theatre will lead the live auction with more than 15 unique experiences to pique your interest! And this year, Salem’s students will benefit directly through Fund-A-Need, where gala-goers have the opportunity to financially support current student needs in the arts, music, sports and other areas. There are many ways to bid, win and fund-a-need to help students in Salem today. Bring your best hat, and join us for a night that will be remembered by all! Get your tickets today: salemeducationfoundation.org. Tickets are $50 per person, $85 per couple, and $30 per person for all Salem teachers and administrators.

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