Save the Date – BEF Annual Meeting May 9

Mark your calendars and plan to join the celebration of the Bexley Education Foundation’s 35th anniversary on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00pm in Bexley High School’s Schottenstein Theater. All parents, alumni, community members, friends and supporters of the BEF are invited to attend the annual meeting which will highlight the BEF’s recent grants and programs as well as the support that the BEF has provided for the Bexley Schools over the past 35 years.

The Annual Meeting will feature student performances, a special video, presentation of the Linda Kass Excellence in Education award and remarks from the 2018 Bexley Educator of the Year (who will be selected in April).

Although the BEF has hosted anniversary celebrations in the past, most notably the 30th anniversary celebration which featured Bexley High School alumnus R.L. Stine, this will be the first time that the BEF has hosted an Annual Meeting.

Light refreshments will be served in the Cassingham Café following the meeting. For more information please contact BEF Executive Director Pam Glasgow at pamela.glasgow@bexleyschools.org.

Check out these highlights over the past 35 years:

1983 – The Bexley Education Fund was created by a group of parents and community leaders seeking to channel private support to public education in Bexley.

1983 – 1994 – The fund operated under the Bexley City Schools with seven community volunteers who raised over $640,000 to support technology, scientific equipment and an International Education Program.  An endowment fund was created at The Columbus Foundation.

1994 – The Bexley Education Fund name was changed to the Bexley Education Foundation (BEF).

1995 – A one-year campaign was launched to raise $1 million to support technology in the Bexley Schools, set up a BEF office with paid staff and fund endowment. The BEF partnered with the Bexley High School Alumni Association to raise additional dollars to create the Alumni Piazza and Walkway.

1995 – The first Celebration of Giving event was held (later renamed BRAVO! in 2003).

1996 – Bexley Education Foundation was recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt, public charity and nonprofit corporation with a 14 member Governing Board chaired by Malcolm Jeffrey.

1997 – Charlene Morgan was hired as the BEF’s first Executive Director.

1997 – An Annual Fund drive was initiated and raised $55,150.

1997 – BEF’s first endowment fund was established by BHS alumnus and the best-selling author of the Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine.

2001 – BEF launched The Campaign for the Performing Arts raising $2.2 million to support the renovation of the high school theater and two elementary theaters.

2006 – The BEF’s first Impact Grant of $120,000 was made for a Global Technology Suite.

2008 – A second Impact Grant of $376,000 was made to support SMART Board technology in every Bexley City Schools’ classroom.

2008 – BEF celebrated its 25th anniversary and initiated the Bexley Community Book Club.

2012 – An Impact Grant of $195,000 was made to support district-wide wireless Internet access.

2013 – BEF celebrated its 30th anniversary and established the Linda S. Kass Excellence in Education Award.

2015 – BEF partnered with the Eight Keys Foundation to make an Impact Grant of $250,000 to provide mobile technology in all elementary classrooms.

2015 – BEF brought the operations of the Bexley High School Alumni Association under its umbrella.

2016 — The Bob Darwin Memorial Endowment for the Arts was established

2017—The BEF reached the $5 million mark in private funds channeled to the Bexley City Schools