Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization, which funds innovation grants for District faculty and scholarships for graduating seniors at Baldwin High School. It has been a banner year for BWEF, as it hosted three successful fundraisers and saw a change in leadership—all in just six months.
In March, the BWEF Distinguished Highlanders Hall of Fame Gala at South Hills Country Club brought together nearly 200 Highlander supporters. This year's honorees included four Distinguished Highlander Hall of Fame inductees, six Champions of Character, and ten Above and Beyond awardees. In July BWEF hosted a successful happy-hour fundraiser at Peter's Pub in Oakland. The organization intends to host similar gatherings in Baldwin and Whitehall this spring, so be on the lookout for an announcement. The final fundraiser in August was the second-annual golf outing at Westwood Golf Club. Golfing foursomes, hole sponsorships, and donors nearly doubled from last year's inaugural outing.
School District and local support are integral reasons for BWEF's success. Community partners have grown to 143 different donors that include alumni, individuals, families, and local businesses. Donor generosity has allowed BWEF to create an Alumni Hall of Fame, provide additional capacity for the Highlander Simulator at Harrison Middle School, equip every kindergarten classroom with a Discovery Station, support the development of a mobile fab lab, and grant $4,000 in scholarships to seniors at Baldwin High School.
In October, new leadership was introduced: Erik Arroyo, president; Diane Kennard, vice president; John Wotus, treasurer; and Kim Thorne, secretary. Successful foundations rely on strong connections with school board officials, alumni, and community members to grow and increase its impact over time. The new leadership group will look to sustain the momentum gained in 2017 and take BWEF to new heights in 2018.
You can read more about the foundation and find out how to volunteer at bwef.weebly.com.