Hopkins Education Foundation's (HEF) Royal Bash 2019 offered a stellar example of the community's support for Hopkins Public Schools students, breaking records on all fronts. A record-shattering $310,000 was raised over the course of the evening, with $108,000 specifically dedicated to Student Wellness= Student Success, the Foundation's wide-reaching health and wellness initiative. It was a sold-out event, with 450 guests in attendance, including parents, community members, Hopkins District Leadership and staff.
The annual fundraiser was held February 23rd at the Marriott Minnetonka Southwest, beginning with student performances from Geoff and Midori, the celebrated a cappella choirs of Hopkins High School. In addition to dining and dancing, renowned auctioneer Karen Sorbo found eager buyers for a set of top-of-the-line Hearing Aids donated by Starkey Technologies, a Chicago Cubs Rooftop Experience, a 4th of July lake cabin, and an extravagant Wayzata Staycation, among other exciting Live Auction treats. The Silent Auction, packed with a wide range of items and local services including a timely Toro snowblower, kept guests engaged via mobile bidding. Attendees filled sign-up sheets for Great Gatherings, events hosted throughout the year by fellow HEF patrons. These include 'Sips & Succulents' sponsored by Tonkadale - Your Greenhouse Home, a Gourmet Tapas Night, Oktoberfest, and several more.
The Royal Bash is the single largest source of funding for the nonprofit Foundation, which directly benefits Hopkins Public Schools' students through grants and district-wide endeavors. Student Wellness=Student Success is an umbrella of cutting-edge programs that reach beyond academics to address students' emotional, social, and physical wellbeing, and features Student Wellness Centers at Hopkins High School, North and West Junior Highs. This new funding will allow for an expansion to all three Wellness Centers, as well as significant endeavors at all six elementary schools.
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