News and Events
Ninth Annual Grand Prix Gala – Jumping for Joy in More Ways than One!!
The Langley School District Foundation hosted their Ninth Annual Grand Prix Gala on a brilliant Sunday afternoon in June at Thunderbird Show Park. Rated one of the top two in North America, Thunderbird is the quintessential horse-jumping venue in Langley, and a superb venue for an unique event. In describing the day, one can’t help but to speak in hyperbole. The sun shone brighter than any day so far in 2014. The sky was a brilliant cerulean blue (right out of a Manet painting) and the temperature was exactly right. Warm enough to sit comfortably outside in a summer frock and cool enough to sit comfortably outside in designer jeans and boots.
Guests, sporting a magnificent array of hats, streamed in and were seated at tables bedecked in white and black linen punctuated with blasts of colour from delicate floral bouquets. The 200 guests were settled with plates of gourmet hors d’oeuvres paired with glasses of wine complements of the thirteen wineries offering tastings from their finest selections. Once seated, the crowd cast their eyes onto the track. Sleek, 1000-pound equine athletes pranced on to the verdant stretches. Anxious and literally chomping at the bit, they were ready to perform. And perform they did. Leaping over zigzag fences, ponds and brick barricades, the horses and riders from Canada, the United States and Europe held the Foundation guests riveted to their seats. The shimmering beasts either cleared the hurtles and obstacles with balletic ease or with more daring than do. The gasps, oohs and ahs told the story.
At the same time, the milling crowd waited with bated breath to be given the order to open their pretty little box - it could contain exquisite diamond earrings. The winner, with tears in her eyes was overcome with delight. Others scoured the multitude of items displayed at the silent auction tables. The deals were drop dead amazing. Dinner for eight - wined and dined by Township of Langley firefighters. Weekends for two at seaside resorts. Jewellery, spa visits, golf games, espresso machines, long boards (designed by Langley students) and much, much more.
In all, the event raised almost $60,000 to support innovative and essential programs for Langley students. Special thanks goes to Starline Windows and Vitrum Industries for their support of our district meal programs. Also thank you to our sponsors, including Thunderbird Show Park, Facet Advisors, Langley Concrete & Tile, Fred Welsh Mechanical, Golden Tree Jewellers, Langley Advance, Township of Langley Firefighters, Langley Liquor Store, Costco and Cedar Rim. Also thanks to the wineries, including Peacock & Martin, Landmark Selections, Renaissance Wine Merchants, Constellation Brands, DHS-Wine, Kahala, Wolf Bass, Vintage West, Mission Hill, Icon Fine Wine, Sandhill, Wagner Family of Wine and Grady Wine Marketing.
It was a great day and a great event all for a great cause. The Langley School District Foundation thanks all the sponsors, contributors, supporters and attendees. See you next year for our Tenth Annual – expect something ever grander.
Gala raises $51,000 for math programs
The Langley School District Foundation has received support from a number of corporations and associations in 2012/13. The Resource Training Organization of BC held the 4th annual Pumpkin Run at Aldor Acres in October 2012, raising $2500 for school apprenticeship programs; Peninsula Runners held the 2nd Annual Golden Ears 10k and Half Marathon Run raising funds for our school programs; the 4th Annual Summer Celebration Event was held at Walnut Gate Shopping Centre; Township 7 Winery hosted Theatre Under the Stars; and Family Day was sponsored by the Walnut Grove Business Association. Upcoming events include Family Day at Walnut Grove Field on June 22, and the 3rd Annual Golden Ears 10k and Half Marathon Run on March 10.
8th Annual Golf Tournament
The 7th annual golf tournament at Redwoods golf course raised $63,000 to support sports programs in our school. This year's tournament - the 8th Annual is on Wednesday, August 28 at Redwoods. Stay tuned for more information.
FOUNDATION FUNDING IN ACTION
The Foundation, through its fundraising activities and endowments is able to fund innovative and unique school programs and projects that would not be funded by the Ministry of Education. Every Spring and Fall, the Foundation asks schools to submit proposals for projects that they would like to receive funding for. Last year, the Foundation made grants totaling more than $250,000 to support 80 unique programs.
Now elementary schools have state-of-the-art Smart Boards and secondary schools have either Smart Board or Tablets. Now students at Nicomekl have the instruments they need for an effective music program. Drama students at Brookswood were able to participate in a provincial drama festival. The carving program at Aldergrove Secondary is underway and attracting at-risk students. This is to name just a few. Not only that! The Foundation purchased 65 online Kurzweil licenses for Langley schools and donated $22,000 to support school athletic programs.
Foundation Established unprecedented loan bank of assistive equipment for students with special needs
Thanks to a large grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Langley School District Foundation has built a loan bank consisting of state-of-the-art equipment and technology for students with special needs. The $60,000 loan bank is now open and the equipment is available to Langley schools.
Annual General Meeting
The Foundation held its Annual General Meeting on December 19, 2013. Executive Director, Susan Cairns, in her presentation to the Board reported that the focus of the Foundation in 2013 was to work with the community partners, sponsors, supporters and volunteers to provide innovative programs and support 21st century learning for Langley students. Since 2005, the foundation has raised close to $4 million and disbursed almost $950,000 to support school programs.