For this year's Bravo! fundraiser, organizers from the Bexley Education Foundation selected a theme that they said highlighted how proceeds from the event would be used.

For this year's Bravo! fundraiser, organizers from the Bexley Education Foundation selected a theme that they said highlighted how proceeds from the event would be used.

"It was our feeling as co-chairs that maybe the community is not completely sure what the BEF is supplying for the students," said co-chair Denise Williams.

The theme for the 2010 Bravo! event, the chief fundraiser for the BEF, is "going places."

The event is scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the DSW Home Office, 810 DSW Drive, near Port Columbus International Airport.

The money raised through the Bravo! event supports grants for Bexley school district teachers, Williams said. Grants fund classroom enrichment, master art classes and equipment such as SMART Boards, among other items. The BEF has awarded more than $1-million in grants since 2003.

Parents can attend the event and get a glimpse of how the BEF helps their children, Williams said.

Co-chair Amy Stevens said she attended the event for the first time last year when Williams asked her to help with the silent auction.

"It is a great opportunity for the community to come together and support the schools," Stevens said.

She said Bravo! is unlike other events around Bexley because it's only aimed at adults. Bravo! features a raffle; a silent auction of art, gifts and student-created pieces; and tasting stations from 25 area restaurants.

This year's event is being held at the DSW Home Office because the facility has high ceilings and open spaces that make for a nice setting, Williams said.

The BEF is hoping at least 900 people attend, equaling last year's participation, Williams said.

She said organizers would love to raise at least $90,000. The event raised more than $95,000 last year.

In an effort to boost attendance, organizers have been meeting with residents, parents and faculty to generate support for Bravo!, Stevens said.

This year, instead of giving away a trip through the prize raffle, organizers are hosting a 50-50 raffle. The winner of the raffle would receive half the money raised in the raffle.

The silent auction includes tickets to sporting events and trips and gift certificates to area restaurants. There also is a children's auction featuring art from all Bexley schools.

Tickets for Bravo! are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and $75 for a patron donation. Tickets can be purchased on the BEF Web site, bexleyeducationfoundation.org, or by calling the BEF at 338-2093.