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Bigger venue brings new life to education foundation's annual gala

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The Grandview Heights/ Marble Cliff Education Foundation is setting the stage for a 2013 gala that rocks.

The event will be held Feb. 2 at the LC Pavilion in the Arena District.

"We were kind of running out of places that are large enough for our crowd," said Elaine Broderick, who again will serve as co-chairwoman of the gala with Sharla Thomas and Janet Callison.

"Our last gala drew about 300 people and we just needed more space to comfortably fit everyone.

"We looked at some different venues, but when we toured the LC Pavilion, it was an immediate feeling of 'wow -- it would be so much fun to hold the gala here,' " Broderick said. "It's going to give the event a different feel. We're hoping we can attract some new people to the gala along with our regulars."

With the outstanding sound system offered by the LC, "we gave a lot of thought about the live entertainment for this year's gala," she said. "We're super-excited to have the Reaganomics signed up. They're the perfect band for this venue."

The gala, which serves as the main fundraiser for the foundation, will include a social hour, gourmet dinner catered by Paul's Fifth Avenue Catering, a signature drink created by Watershed Distillery and live and silent auctions, Broderick said.

For the first time, the foundation is selling tickets to the gala through BidPal, a wireless online bidding, donation and payment processing system for fundraising events.

Registration for the gala can be made at http://cloud. bidpal.net/Portal/bpe21740.

Gala attendees also will use the BidPal system the night of the gala to bid on silent-auction items, Broderick said.

They will use a hand-held device from BidPal that is pre-loaded with information about each auction item, she said. Guests will be able to use the device to make bids from anywhere at any time during the gala and receive updates about whether they have been outbid.

"It will be particularly convenient because we will have our auction items on display in the balcony area while the gala itself is taking place on the main floor," Broderick said.

The theme of the 2013 gala is "Rock. Paper. Scissors."

"The idea is that we're going to be 'rockin' it' at a great new venue and that rock-paper-scissors is a game kids like to play and this is an event to benefit our Grandview students," Broderick said. "So we all win."

The foundation awards grants to support programs, activities and purchases that are not covered in the Grandview Heights City School District's budget.

More than $62,000 in grants were awarded in 2012, including funding for iPads, laptops and SmartBoards for grades 4-12; software enhancement for Stevenson Elementary School; and the high school FIRST Robotics team.

The foundation also has provided funds for projects such as the enhancement of library materials at Stevenson and Edison; publication of a student poetry anthology at the high school; laptop computers to support a paperless classroom for the high school's new AP science and history courses; and the renovation of the high school auditorium.

The foundation also partnered with another foundation to provide $20,000 in scholarships to the class of 2012.

The 2012 gala raised about $75,000, Broderick said.

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