By Ian Hanigan
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation held its 5th annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at the headquarters of Kia Motors America over the weekend. If you weren’t able to attend this year’s glitzy fundraiser, here’s what you missed, courtesy of the foundation’s online publication, Insights.
On Saturday, September 27, IPSF proudly hosted the 5th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala at Kia Motors America. The sold-out event, co-chaired by IPSF board member Grace Lin and sports broadcaster Jim Rome, began with red carpet arrivals, silent auction and cocktail reception. Guests were ushered into the ballroom by members of the Irvine High school marching band as well as cheerleaders and football players from all four IUSD high schools in a spirited “pep rally” style opening.
Singer/songwriter Nilu, a graduate of Woodbridge High School, performed at the event and was presented with a Rising Star Award by IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker. Jim Rome brought his talk show format to the stage, interviewing NFL great Warren Moon about his football career. Following the presentation of a posthumous Spirit of Excellence in Leadership Award to Dr. Kevin Armstrong, IPSF President and CEO Neda Eaton announced that IPSF would begin funding the Dr. …read more
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