Reservations are nearly sold out for this year's Golden Bear Bash, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation's yearly fundraising event.

Reservations are nearly sold out for this year's Golden Bear Bash, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation's yearly fundraising event.

The Golden Bear Bash is scheduled from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Tremont Center, 2160 Tremont Center Road.

Reservations cost $50 each and may be purchased online at Golden Bear Bash. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Foundation Executive Director Joanie Dugger said the event draws more than 1,000 people each year and has sold out quickly in past years. Last year, the Bash drew more than 1,200 guests and raised $129,000 for educational excellence grants.

Superintendent Paul Imhoff will be master of ceremonies this year.

"This event is important to the community," he said. "Not just because it raises significant funds for educational excellence, but it raises awareness of the foundation's mission."

Dugger said the fun and casual event features food from local restaurants, dancing to the music of local band Temple Monkeys, a wine pull and live and silent auctions.

She said large tents will be set up in the Tremont Center, but all shops at the center will remain open for business.

"We are hoping to have a wonderful night for everyone to come together for a good cause," she said. "We also want to thank the merchants and their customers for allowing us to hold this party in their special venue."

She said the foundation would offer a courtesy shuttle to people who have to find parking away from the Tremont Center area.

Included in the live auction items are a one-week stay at a vacation cottage in Chatham, Mass., valued at $2,500; a three-minute shopping spree at Huffman's Market; a VIP (Very Impressive Progressive) dinner for 10 at three restaurants, valued at $1,400; and a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

The reservation price includes sampling dishes from several restaurants, including The Whitney House, Moretti's of Upper Arlington, Hudson 29 and Nicola Restaurant and Bar, among others.

The foundation recently announced its latest round of education grants.

"These valuable grants help enhance the already outstanding Upper Arlington educational experience," said Matt Stout, foundation board president. "The money raised from our signature event, the Golden Bear Bash, makes these grants possible."

The grants included $4,750 to Upper Arlington High School for a distracted-driving simulator; $1,040 to Barrington Elementary School for "Blocks for Education," using blocks to promote children's social, physical and creative growth; and $1,159 to Wickliffe Progressive Elementary to create vertical window gardens in three classrooms.

Another grant of $6,596 went to Wickliffe for "Environment as a Third Teacher," which provides a parent volunteer table, stools and a bookshelf for each classroom.

A grant of $8,000 was awarded to all district elementary schools for "Books Go Out," a visit from Caldecott award-winning writer/illustrator Paul Zelinsky. He will spend one day at each elementary school in classroom sessions where students will learn about the writing process and the significance of art.