Big School Fundraiser is Going Green

(The following is from a press release)

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 2.12.06 PMAt the core of The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools is a commitment to the area’s students, schools and community. But this year their main fundraiser, The Event, shows that their commitment extends to sustainability and recycling as they make a strong move towards establishing the area’s first Zero Waste event of this magnitude.

This year, The Event (www.theeventparty.org) takes place on June 6 at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. The proceeds benefit all 16 schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. “It’s become the party of the year for the community and is by far the most lively and enjoyable way to raise much-needed funds for our public schools,” said co-chair and The Foundation president, Deanna Glassberg.

While The Event has always boasted gourmet tastings, amazing auction items and phenomenal live concert performances, this year the committee established the goal of reaching 75 percent landfill diversion. This will be the first step in making this annual fundraiser a legitimate Zero Waste event which requires it to be 90 percent landfill-free.

To accomplish this, some significant changes will be made. First, there will be no plastic water bottles at The Event. Instead there will be water stations with 3.5 gallon beverage containers and re-usable water pitchers on all tables. Additionally, all plastic and paper goods will be made with recyclable materials that will be diverted from our landfills. In order to control the separating of the trash, all trash cans will be removed from the venue and guests’ discarded materials will be carefully and conscientiously separated by a group of volunteers.

These changes are significant and could not be accomplished without the help of Waste Management and The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Steve Lee of Waste Management has provided his expertise in handling the waste post-event, also known as downstream, and Waste Management is donating all the bins and disposal services necessary for proper separation and removal. Additionally, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District donated $1,000 to cover the additional costs of purchasing recyclable disposables and re-usable water dispensers and pitchers.

“What I love most is that many different facets of the community came together to implement this recycling plan. This is exactly what The Foundation is all about—bringing the entire community together to support our public schools and continue to make Las Virgenes a desirable community,” said co-chair Janice Dingman.

This year, The Event will have tastings from local restaurants such as The Grill on the Alley, Paul Martin’s, The Six, Fleming’s Steakhouse and more as well as wineries such as Ferrari-Carano, Loring, Modus Operandi and Qupe. The evening will be capped off with a phenomenal live concert performance by Pine Mountain Logs (also known as Venice). For more information on The Event and to purchase tickets, visit TheEventParty.org.

The Event is the main fundraiser for The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools (www.thefoundationlvs.org) The Foundation raises funds to support all schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Their core belief is that every vibrant community includes a strong and successful public school system. They unite businesses, corporations, parents and residents to provide sustainable and consistent funding directly to the public schools.


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