The Upper Arlington Education Foundation will fill out the roster of exciting things to do over Labor Day weekend with its fifth annual Golden Bear Bash.

The Upper Arlington Education Foundation will fill out the roster of exciting things to do over Labor Day weekend with its fifth annual Golden Bear Bash.

Organizers hope that the bash, taking place at Huntington Park in the Arena District, will be better than ever this year.

"We're very excited to be having the bash in the Arena District this year," said UAEF executive director Joanie Dugger. "We're just excited to offer a guests a twist on a fun summer party, and a baseball diamond is a great place to do it."

Each year the nonprofit organization hosts the bash in order to promote excellence in public education for the school-age children of Upper Arlington through a permanent endowment fund, Dugger said. Last year's bash raised close to $90,000 in unrestricted funds, which are used for UAEF grants in traditional classroom programs as well as in arts, athletics and special area programs where costs exceed the school district's budget.

"We're very fortunate that the teachers and administrators in our district don't rest on their laurels," Dugger said. "They're constantly looking for the best practice ways to enrich and challenge our students, and they are able to come to us when they find a program that's outside the district's budget.

"They do a great job of making sure our students are provided a great education. I like to say that the district provides the meat and potatoes; we provide the gravy."

This year's Golden Bear Bash will include both live and silent auctions, with items on the block including vacation homes, labor services, sporting event tickets, golf, art and jewelry.

This year's bash will also have a special raffle where patrons can "go to the diamond for a diamond," Dugger said. Ticket holders will take to the field at Huntington Park, bat in hand, and take pitches from the Clippers staff. And they'll receive a Cracker Jack box that just might hold a diamond necklace.

The includes a catered dinner and live music from the Restorables and Good Company.

Honorary chairs are Kip and Katy Greenhill. Kip Greenhill is entering his 17th and final year as principal of Upper Arlington High School, making him the school's longest serving principal.

"Kip and Katy have both embraced the community, our kids and families," Dugger said. "We are so sad to see him step down, but we want to recognize his dedication, and offer the community a chance to celebrate the Greenhills."

"I hope I can help let people in our community know how much the foundation does and support their work in any way possible," Greenhill said. "In the last few years, they have helped UAHS fund projects that we would not have been able to implement otherwise."

The Golden Bear Bash takes place from 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Huntington Arena, 330 Huntington Park Lane. Dress for the event is casual evening wear, with general admission tickets at a cost of $50. Dugger said RSVPs should be made ahead of time to accommodate event catering. Items for the silent auction, as well as reservation forms, can be found online at