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The 2017 BRAVO! Committee: Front Row L to R: Marissa Nelson, Leslie McBride, Jessica Saad, Lindsay Goodman
Not pictured: Lisa Thiergartner, Jennifer Avoli, Melissa Bedolla, Tricia Gockstetter. Back Row L to R: Martha McKitrick, Laura Daugherty, Lauren Rubin, Kelsey Harr, Heather Kabler, Abby Braun

BRAVO! looks to the future

Last spring, the BEF’s annual BRAVO! fundraising event celebrated Bexley’s past, marking the school district’s 100th birthday. This time around, says event chair Leslie McBride, BRAVO! will turn its gaze to the future. “We celebrated what happened, and now we’re going to celebrate what’s yet to come,” said McBride, whose children are in first and Read More

Jaliyah Martin, Nya Harris, Anna Old and Maggie Butler were among the Bexley cheerleaders who braved the cold to greet guests at BRAVO!

BRAVO! celebrates century mark

More than 600 parents, alumni, faculty, staff and community members attended BRAVO! on March 4, kicking off the centennial year of the Bexley City School District. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, ticket purchasers, auction donors, bidders and food sponsors, BRAVO! is expected to net over $110,000 to support programs that will enhance the education Read More

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BRAVO! bidding goes high tech

For the first time ever, bidding for BRAVO! silent auction items, including the artwork created by Bexley students, will be conducted online. Go online now to view such auction items as the birdhouse created by Ms. White’s Kindergarten Class at Montrose, a year’s worth of Donato’s Pizza, a JCC membership, a Bexley street sign, or Read More

BRAVO! 2017 Committee

BRAVO! to feature mobile bidding

BRAVO! is going paperless! Silent auction shoppers at BEF’s annual BRAVO! fundraiser in March will have a new way to bid: on their cell phones. Mobile bidding will streamline the auction process and make it more fun. Partygoers who register their credit card either before or at the event will be able to set automatic, Read More

BRAVO! 2017 Committee

BRAVO! 2017 set to be most interesting year yet

Volunteers are moving forward with plans for BRAVO!, BEF’s oldest and largest fundraising event, to be held on Saturday, March 4 from 7 to 11 p.m. at St. Charles Prep. Come for a fabulous evening of food, wine and fundraising fun to support excellence in the Bexley City Schools. This year introduces mobile bidding as we celebrate the Read More


BRAVO! sponsorships reach new high

The BEF’s annual BRAVO! fundraiser was held March 5 at St. Charles Prep. Sponsorships provide a large portion of funds raised each year at BRAVO!, and this year, sponsorships hit a new high of $87,000. Fifteen generous food sponsors provided tempting tasting stations, and happy bidders took home a huge array of purchases from our silent auction, Read More

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BEF launches “TEXT for STEM” at BRAVO!

One hundred BRAVO! attendees pledged $4,555 in just over an hour this past Saturday at BRAVO! to support district-wide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and projects. They pledged by texting “STEM $[donation amount]  [donor name]” to 56412. The initiative will continue through May 31 with a goal of raising $10,000. Anyone can make a pledge at any Read More

BRAVO! silent auction offers unique treasures and experiences

This year’s BRAVO! silent auction will feature a wide range of items for attendees to bid on, including restaurant packages, spa services, golf outings, tickets to sporting events, goods and services from local businesses, and such unique items as an autumn week in a four-bedroom home on Martha’s Vineyard, the opportunity to be “Mayor for Read More

Julianna Carvi

BRAVO! Auction Feature: Family Cooking Class

The woman who’s been shaking up food service in the Bexley City Schools for the past year and a half is offering to help you shake up the menu in your own kitchen. At the BEF’s March 7 BRAVO! event, you can bid on the chance to have Food Services Director Julianna Carvi come to your home to teach a family Read More

Montrose Elementary School third-grader Iris Frost is excited to show off her cupcake artwork that will become a charm for a bracelet. Each elementary class in Bexley City Schools will make art pieces to be auctioned off at the Bexley Education Foundation fundraiser, BRAVO! There also will be pieces from middle and high school students.

Young Artists Put Best Efforts Toward BRAVO! Designs

Montrose Elementary School third-grader Iris Frost is excited to show off her cupcake artwork that will become a charm for a bracelet. (read more…) By DEBORAH DUNLAP, This Week Bexley News-