FC Parties Hardy to Help Schools
Over 200 Falls Church residents filled the ballroom of the Weston Arlington Gateway hotel Friday night to raise funds for the Falls Church Education Foundation at the non-profit’s Fifth Annual Dinner celebration. The Foundation raises funds from private sources to ensure that all City students have the resources to meet educational challenges.
Special events of the evening included the premiere of the Falls Church Schools 60th Anniversary Film and presentation on the Education Foundation. Fundraising consisted of auctioning everything from sports memorabilia to Wolftrap concerts, and a pledge drive for the purchase of dozens of laptop computers to meet the goal of home Internet connectivity for every student. Approximately ten percent of City students currently lack such access.
A special salute went to guests of honor Jessie Thackrey and Lou Olom, long-time school supporters who helped institute the International Baccaluareate program and secure full funding of the schools.
City government representation included Mayor Robin Gardner, Vice Mayor Hal Lippman, Councilmen Dan Maller and David Snyder, and City Manager Wyatt Shields.
Music was provided by the George Mason High School Chamber and Jazz Ensembles.
Additional information on the Falls Church Education Foundation is available at www.fcedf.org.
By Stan Fendley, Falls Church City
April 17, 2009