Dinner and Diamonds 2016 is in the Record Books
More than 600 Vestavia Hills residents and friends gathered at Birmingham's Regions Field Saturday night, February 27, for Dinner and Diamonds, an evening of live music, great food and silent and live auctions to benefit the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation. This year’s 10th annual event raised an estimated $79,000 for the Foundation.
Guests enjoyed live music from Fountain City Players, and silent and live auctions. Special thanks to Jeff Tenne our amazing host and auctioneer. Among the items auctioned were a vintage diamond bracelet from Paul's Diamond Center, sporting event tickets, private cooking lessons, private dinner party for 10 and an array of art, dining, activities and gifts from local businesses.
Dinner & Diamonds is the flagship fundraiser for the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation. This event ensures that the work of the Foundation can continue, as well as provides funds to grow the endowment.
In addition to ticket sales, the event is supported by corporate and individual sponsors at various funding levels. Special thanks to these sponsors for helping the event break records.
Please check out the photos from our event!
Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation Awards 2015-2016 Grants
The board of directors of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation has awarded 13 grants totaling $55,610 to the eight schools in the Vestavia Hills system and to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education.
The Foundation currently has a grant-making endowment of over $2.2 million. The principal endowment is invested, and only the interest earned on the principal is used to fund the annual grants. Since providing its first grants in 1999, the Foundation has awarded $$782,983.27 to Vestavia Hills city schools and the Board of Education.
Grants awarded this year will provide schools with curriculum enhancements for reading, math and science; technology-related equipment; and professional development for teachers. In addition, the Foundation’s $15,000 grants to the Board of Education will provide training opportunities for every teacher in the Vestavia Hills school district to provide funds for District 2016 Summer Professional Learning and Design It Yourself Professional Collaboration (DIY).
The Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides funds each year to Vestavia Hills educators for technology improvements, classroom enhancement projects, and professional development training for teachers. All Vestavia Hills teachers and the Board of Education may submit grant requests to the Foundation each fall.
The Foundation’s endowment is funded by contributions from parents, grandparents, and other community-minded residents and companies who want to ensure Vestavia schools have access to funds for educational improvements. The Foundation is able to provide a perpetual source of funding for schools that is not federal or state controlled and can never be prorated in times of financial hardship.
“The financial support our schools receive from the Foundation makes an important difference to the achievement of our students and the academic experiences we have come to expect in our community,” said Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheila Phillips. “I have seen first-hand that it takes a village to create an environment where our children can learn without limits. Funding from the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation helps to make this vision a reality as we continue the pursuit of excellence on behalf of our students.”
Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation 2015-2016 Grants
· Send four (4) teachers to the "Professional Communities at Work" conference in Atlanta for West
· Purchase set of Blue Bots, educators packs of Cubelets and IPad Minis for computer programming for East
· Purchase instructional materials, technology and professional development for Liberty Park Elementary
· Purchase Little Bits science enhancers for Cahaba Heights
· Provided funds to purchase materials for "Maker Space" area for Central
· Purchase Chromebooks and Sphero SPRK Balls for Liberty Park Middle School
· Provide funds to create a Writing Lab for Pizitz
· Provide funds for the "Green Roof" at VHHS
· Provide funds for District 2016 Summer Professional Learning and Design It Yourself Professional Collaboration
2nd Annual PNC & VHCSF Luncheon is a Wrap!
TURN AROUND with Leigh Anne Tuohy
Thanks to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual PNC and Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation luncheon. Over 300 people were entertained by Leigh Anne Tuohy and inspired by her story and her passion. Special thanks to our event sponsors.
The Foundation encourages projects and programs...
• that impact a large number of students and teachers;
• that are consistent with the strategic objectives of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Board of
• that can be used in future years; and
• that can be replicated in other schools in our system.
It Continues With You . . .
. . . The Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide ongoing and dependable funding for critical academic "extras" such as professional development, technology, and classroom enhancements. These extras benefit every grade level, every academic subject area and every student in our school system. Making an investment in the Foundation will help to fill in the funding gaps that can make the difference between a good school system and a great one. Your tax-deductible contribution is an investment which will allow Vestavia Hills to continue to be a leader in public education.