Children’s Art at the Heart of BRAVO!

Among the BEXceptional student artwork offered for auction at BRAVO! this year will be some cool Van’s shoes designed and decorated by Cassingham 4th graders for local businesses. The shoe design project was funded by a Bexley Education Foundation fall 2018 grant to Cassingham art teacher Ben Pinciotti. Mr. Pinciotti reached out to 20 local businesses, including retail shops, restaurants, the City of Bexley and the Bexley Public Library to see if they might serve as clients for his 4th grade students. Each business will have a shoe specifically designed for that business by a two-person student team.

These fabulous shoes as well as all the unique children’s art classroom projects from across the school district, including birdhouses, photography, a porch swing and school desk, will be available to bid on starting March 23 when mobile bidding opens. To register as a BRAVO! bidder go to  Bidding will close at 10:00pm on Saturday, March 30 and winners will be notified by text or email.

Look for your BRAVO! invitation in the mail soon. The deadline to be listed on the invitation as a sponsor is quickly approaching – January 30. Sponsorship opportunities start at $300 and can be purchased online at or by calling the BEF office at (614) 338-2093.

Don’t miss out on the red-carpet experience at BRAVO! this year. The Bexley Education Foundation’s premier fundraising event will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Saint Charles Preparatory School from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Join fellow Bexley parents, teachers and community members and enjoy delicious food samples from over a dozen local restaurants, live music from the Big Rockin’ Blues Band and much more.

Proceeds from BRAVO! support the classroom grants, teacher mini-grants and district-wide Impact Grants that the BEF makes to elevate the educational experience in the Bexley Schools. To date, the BEF has channeled more than $5 million in private support to the Bexley City Schools as an investment in the full potential of Bexley students.