What a busy month it's been for SFCS!
First of all, again, we thank the Mariposa County Unified School District Board of Trustees for their vote of provisional approval. What this means is in the next several months we must provide all the necessary proof that SFCS will be successful.
One thing we know for certain is with the kind of support we've been shown, we can't fail.
Our inaugural fundraiser at Savoury's was a HUGE success--thanks to the efforts of co-chairs Ruth Smiley and Kori Smith, shown in photo flanking Savoury's owner and sublime host, Mirriam Wackerman. Thanks to our generous patrons, we were able to net just over $7,000. Every cent will be needed in these next couple of months as we begin the hands-on work of setting up our school.
We were honored to have former Congressman George Radonovich in attendence (shown here with SFCS Board Member Brett Baumann).
Mariposa's own Teenie Matlock was our guest speaker. She addressed the importance of the support she recieved from framily and community in her quest for education. She is a Founding Faculty and Associate Professor - Cognitive Science Program at U.C. Merced.
Our silent auction included wonderful and unique gifts ranging from a circular saw (donated by True Value Hardware) to a handmade quilt--complete with the ribbon it won at the Mariposa County Fair (donated by Philomene Schultz).
Other donations included:
~ 5 wonderful photos by Michael Frye
~ a Gift Basket donated by River Rock
~ a Spa Package, including a Holistic Facial, donated by Brieann Powell of "The Wellness Nook"
~ 1-night stay at Rancho Bernardo Bed & Breakfast in Catheys Valley http://www.ranchobernardobnb.com/
~ a Wine Basket donated by Amber Edwards
~ 2 pair of handmade feather earrings by Kelly Salonen
~ a Partylyte Candle Basket donated by Donna Harveston
~ a Personalized Steel Cutting donated by Paul Salonen
~ a one-month unlimited pass to Dragonfly Yoga Studio
~ a gift certificate for Wiegle Jewelry
~ one month dance lessons (one lesson/week) at Butterfly Ballet Dance Studio
~ a haircut from Simplicity Salon
~ a spray tan from Simplicity Salon
But the real excitement came when auctioneer Stephanie Evans took the mike and started the opening bids for our first ever Live Auction. Stephanie is shown here giving a shout of surprise when Victoria Imrie of Yosemite Ziplines doubled her donated prize!!!
Bidding was fast and furious for these four knock-your-socks-off donations:
#1: 8-adult passes for the thrilling Yosemite Ziplines donated by Victoria and Bryan Imrie. (a $520-value)
#2: Tree Trimming donated by Todd Turgeon (a $500-value)
#3: a 2-night stay at the ultimate party house "Yosemite Oaks Vacation Rental" donated by Mike and Mary Bass http://www.vrbo.com/327965 (a $500-value)
#4: and the Grand Prize: a 3-Night Stay at the Swall Institute www.swall-institute.org donated by Eric Berlow. (Check out his TED talk.)
The Swall Institute is a residential work/play restreat designed to foster creative work in an inspirational setting, located between Mammoth and Bishop. The sustainably designed space is intimate in scale with stunning views of 14,000 ft peaks and the deepest valley in North America. This uniquely designed 3-bedroom home would be the perfect getaway for a family or two couples. (a $900-value includes cleaning deposit)
We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but our steps are a little bit lighter knowing we have your support.
Meet Our Board
Jill Harry, Board Chair, President, has a BA in English from the University of Michigan. She has served in a variety of managerial positions in publishing companies. Her experience as Co-Founder, President, Secretary, and Administrator for Catheys Valley Preschool, as well as her years of volunteering in District schools and organizations throughout Mariposa County have been especially valuable. Jill and husband Jon Harry have three sons, a variety of small animals at home, including goats and chickens, and an attractive assortment of cattle -- some just visiting -- on their Gaudalope ranch.
Denisha Dawson is Professor of Chemistry at Merced College and graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Denisha has 15 years experience as a community college instructor, as well as one year as a K-12 substitute teacher, and brings expertise in curriculum development and assessment. She and husband Greg live in Catheys Valleys with their two sons and a whole lot of chickens.
Carolin Frank, Vice Chair is Assistant Professor at UC Merced and graduated with a PhD in Biology from Uppsala University, Sweden. Carolin directs research and instructs classes. She brings to the Board her years of experience in grant writing, project management, curriculum development and accreditation. She and husband Dave Ardell relocated to Catheys Valley two years ago when they bought and remodeled a home in Catheys Valley. They have one son in Kindergarten and a new baby coming this spring. Carolin grew up in rural Sweden and had horses.
Brett Baumann is President of Cathey's Valley Real Estate, Inc. and owner/broker of two real estate ofﬁces in Mariposa County. Brett's ties to the local community run deep given his father helped develop Whispering Oaks and Whispering Oaks West. He shares his enthusiasm for sports, coaching Little League, as well as his leadership ability and business acumen. He and wife Wendy have four children with one son in elementary school.
John Elliott, CFO of SFCS, is Director of Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a MA in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley. John shares his expertise in budget management and sustainable operations. He and wife Lara Kueppers have two sons and live in the Yaqui Gulch area.