The Event Lights Up the Calabasas Night

The Event once again brought out members of the community who support public schools. The third annual fundraiser for the Las Virgenes Unified School District was held Saturday night at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. All proceeds raised supports the schools’ teachers and counselors, said Deanna Glassberg, president of The Foundation, the non-profit organization responsible for the big gala.

“It’s been amazing,” said Glassberg. “Everybody has come out to support our schools and it just moves me.”

The sold-out affair offered guests the opportunity to sample cuisine from such local restaurants as Poquito Más, Brent’s Deli, Roy’s and Salt as well as try wines from labels like Silver Oak, Bevan Cellars and Tercero. Over 300 silent auction items were on display and ranged in price offerings from “principal for a day” at a local school to two tickets to an Oscar after-party, limo included.

The entertainment this year was a live concert performance by Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and his band Chevy Metal. The Calabasas resident, whose 7-year-old attends an LVUSD school, told CV Happening he wanted to do what he could to help raise money. “I think the whole idea of supporting public schools is important, period,” he said. “Our schools should be a safe, viable place to send our kids.” Chevy Metal’s upbeat, rock ‘n roll concert included a generous serving of hits from the Rolling Stones and crowd-pleasers like “My Sharona” and “Hurt So Good” (sung by Hawkins) and literally brought some rocking moms onto the stage.

The night’s emcee, Dan Stepenosky, schools superintendent, introduced the night’s entertainment, which included an acapella performance by Unstrumental from Calabasas High School and the live auctioneer. One of the biggest prizes of the night–a Jerry Seinfeld meet-and-greet and show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas that includes two nights at the Palazzo Hotel and Prestige access–sold for $6,000.

Barry and Angela Hughes have only been living in the area for six months but say they are “amazed” at the community’s dedication to the school system.”As a teacher, it’s unbelievable that a community come together like this to raise money to make public school a better place. It’s so rare,” said Angela.


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