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Wine Auction Raises More than $250,000 for Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools  

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By Lookout Staff

May 15, 2015 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation's (SMMEF) second annual wine auction raised more than $250,000 to support programs at all local public schools, foundation officials announced last week.

The fundraiser -- held at the Miramar Hotel on April 30 -- drew nearly $400 guests. Of the $254,906 raised, $132,500 came from corporate partners, officials said.

Thirty-three local restaurants and beverage purveyors participated in the event, which included silent auctions. Sixteen other businesses and organizations helped sponsor the event.

“Our second Wine Auction was even more successful than the inaugural event," said David Vukadinovich, president of the SMMEF Board of Directors. "It surpassed all expectations.

"Everything –- from the beautiful location, to the outstanding food and wine, to the incredible weather -- was perfect. We are grateful to everyone who was part of this event to support all students in our district.”

The event was presented by Dun & Bradstreet, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Capital, Kaiser Permanente and Saint John’s Health Center Affiliation Endowment Fund.

The proceeds will help fund staff and programs that include arts education for the district’s 4,900 elementary students, 87 instructional assistants, and enrichment grants for all 16 schools in the district, foundation officials said.

Many schools use the funds for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), arts and student health and wellness programs, officials said.

“We are so thankful for our Corporate Partners and their support of this outstanding event,” said Linda Greenberg, executive director of the Education Foundation. “Our Corporate Partners really understand that outstanding schools are directly connected to a strong and vibrant community.”

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