The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation's 2018 gala will return to Grandview next year for the first time in nearly two decades.

The foundation also will revive its scholarship program as part of the celebration.

The 2018 gala will be held Feb. 24 at the Grand Event Center, 820 Goodale Blvd. at Grandview Yard.

"We're excited to be able to hold the gala in Grandview this year. The Grand Event Center is a beautiful facility and will be especially convenient for our guests to attend the gala," Chairwoman Alicia Gaston said.

"Until the Yard opened, we didn't have a location in Grandview that had sufficient space to accommodate the 250 guests who typically attend the gala," Gaston said.

The gala last was held in Grandview about 18 years ago.

The Fabulous Johnson Brothers will return as the evening's entertainment, Gaston said.

A silent auction will be held mostly online, although some items will be up for bid during the gala, she said.

The foundation has awarded $78,000 in grants in 2017, Gaston said.

For 2018, a new scholarship program will provide $25,000, split among up to four Grandview Heights High School seniors, foundation board President Jeff Greer said.

In its early years, the foundation awarded both scholarships and grants, he said.

"Over time, the focus changed where the foundation was using its available money for grants that would impact a larger group of students than a handful of students benefiting from scholarships," Greer said.

"The foundation has reached a point where we can operate like a true endowment," he said. "That is because of the great support we've received from the community over the years."

Scholarship applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the foundation board, Greer said.

Applicants will be evaluated based on academic merit, leadership, financial need and community service, he said.

"It's a good feeling to be in a position where we can provide both grants and scholarships to support our school district," Greer said.

Over the 26 years, the foundation has provided nearly $1 million in grants and scholarships, he said.

Invitations to the gala will be mailed out at the beginning of next year, Gaston said.

Cost is $175 per person.

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