Las Positas College Foundation's 11th annual "Best of the Best" Gala, held at the college on April 26, raised $125,000 for the benefit of the school, it was announced this week.
Foundation chairman Martin A. Livingston said the event had a unique format unique in the world of fundraising in that students were the stars of the evening "and the Tri-Valley community supported them with remarkable generosity."
Stephanie Beasly, chairwoman of the event, said that guests sampled "heavy hors d'oeuvres" donated by 10 Tri-Valley restaurants during the evening, including wine that was contributed by 14 Livermore Valley wineries. Entertainment for the evening was a performance showcase of pieces from the college's yearly musical, including instrument jazz groups, dance, vocal and speech soloists.
"As result of our format," Beasly said, "the event overhead was remarkably low. Income fell to the bottom-line; it benefited deserving students by underwriting scholarships and the entire campus community in the form of project grants for which no other resources are available."
The event this year also had on-line and silent auction components and a Fund-A -Need "reverse auction" in support of the college's Early Childhood Development Program.
She praised the sponsors, including those who contributed at the Platinum level: Lawrence Livermore National Security, the Livingston Family, Sandia National Laboratories and Wells Fargo.
Gold Level contributors were Chevron, Follett Higher Education Group, Fremont Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Shea Homes, Topcon and Safeway.
Silver level sponsors were Palo Alto Medical Foundation, PG&E, Sensiba San Filippo, UNCLE Credit Union and ValleyCare Health System.