2016 Spaghetti Western Gala

2016 Gala Breaks Fundraising Records

At the Five Star Education Foundation’s annual Reach for the Stars fundraising gala on March 5, 2016, the foundation raised more than $100,000 — the most the foundation has raised in a single event — to support Five Star students and schools.

“On behalf of the Five Star Education Foundation, I want to express a heartfelt thank you to the many generous supporters, sponsors and guests who helped us raise much-needed funds for our students and schools,” said Foundation Executive Director Mary Litwiler. “We are so grateful and humbled by the generosity of our community.”

The evening’s Spaghetti-Western themed festivities included student music performances from Horizon
High School and Hulstrom K-8, and a celebration of the 50-plus innovative grant projects the foundation
has funded since 2014.

For more than 30 years the Five Star Education Foundation has worked closely with Adams 12 Five
Star Schools by forging partnerships and raising money to invest in student success. In collaboration with the district and business community, the foundation supports opportunities that exclusively prepare students for a variety of options after high school, ranging from post-secondary education to directly entering the workforce.

The ultimate goal of the foundation is to empower students with the confidence and skills to be successful in an increasingly competitive market after high school.

“We are so thrilled to be creating an even stronger partnership with the district and the community,” Litwiler said. “Because of these partnerships, we’re able to invest in innovative programs and resources that provide hands-on, real-world experiences, so that our students are uniquely prepared to compete and succeed after graduation.”