BRAVO! is where the Bexley community gathers to support its outstanding public schools. For 20 years the Bexley Education Foundation has fundraised under the BRAVO! banner at various locations including the Hamilton Parker Showroom, Bath & Body Works Home Office, Germain Lexus-Easton, L Brands Headquarters, Valley Dale Ballroom, Million Air Hanger at Port Columbus and DSW Headquarters.
Every year since its inception, the planning for BRAVO! has been done by a volunteer committee who solicit auction items, supervise the creation of children’s art projects, recruit local restaurants and caterers, select a theme and decorate the venue. Hundreds of volunteers have been involved in organizing BRAVO! over the past 20 years.
BRAVO! 2020 will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 7:00 – 11:00pm in the Walter Commons Area at St. Charles. New this year is Lindey’s Catering to the “tasting station” line-up and a gift card grab.
Proceeds from BRAVO! support the grants that the BEF makes to enhance the educational experience in the Bexley Schools. BEF grants last year included:
- $13,000 in teacher mini-grants for everything from a visiting cellist, to a maple sugar making program, to special morning STEM activities for elementary students and the purchase of Osmos Genius kits.
- $69,000 in classroom grants for everything from virtual reality headsets, to new risers for the Jazz Band, to visiting authors and artists.
- $127,000 Impact Grant to support the “Bexley Be Well” mental health initiative; a partnership with Grant Us Hope, elementary coding and robotics experiences; and the purchase of laptops to address the “digital divide” at the middle school and high school levels.
The success of BRAVO! over the years has contributed to the Foundation being able to channel over $6 million in private support to the Bexley City Schools. To learn more about becoming a BRAVO! sponsor (the deadline to be listed in the BRAVO! invitation is January 31) or to purchase tickets ($60 in advance/$75 at the door), visit befbravo.cbo.io or call the BEF Office at (614) 338-2093.