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Thanks To Many For Taste Of Knowledge Success!

on October 19, 2018 - 7:55am
LAPS Foundation student board members Maddie Ovaska and Isaac Ronning address the crowd at the Foundation’s recent fundraiser, A Taste of Knowledge. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Event goers during live auction portion of the LAPSF fundraiser. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Attendees including Jill Cook and Liz Cavasos, left, check out the silent auction items, generously donated by local businesses to raise funds for the LAPSF. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Once again, Los Alamos came out to support public education at this year’s Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, A Taste of Knowledge.
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses, the Foundation was able to raise $42,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. This additional funding will allow the LAPS Foundation to do even more to support teachers, staff, students and school facilities in the coming year. Members of the Board and staff of the LAPS Foundation wish to thank the many people who made the event such a success.
Laura Crucet and her team at Pig + Fig were wonderful to work with. They prepared an amazing assortment of South American dishes, donating both time and resources to make the fundraiser such a success.
Karen Easton worked with Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor to pick the wines that perfectly paired with the food. Easton also donated her time to serve at the event, along with other volunteer servers Jean Harris, Tony Fox, Dane Spearing and Crucet.
Becca Jones and her LAHS culinary students lent their expertise to assist Pig +Fig with the food preparation. Members of the LAHS Key Club selflessly donated their time to assist with a number of tasks during the evening.
Local guitarist Marcos Cavalcante provided beautiful guitar pieces to accompany the wine and food tasting. Talented tango dancers Jessica Fry and Joseph Cowan delighted the attendees with a tango performance and for the more adventurous, some instruction on how to do the dance.
Many businesses and individuals generously contributed monetary or in-kind donations to the event:
Bennett's Fine Jewelry, Blue Window Bistro, Buffalo Thunder Resort, CB Fox, Century Bank, Chamisa Elementary School, Chris & Helen Ortega, Classic Air Medical, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe, Cottonwood on the Green, Don Taylor’s Photography, EXIT Realty Advantage, Friends of Bandelier, Jill Cook, the family of Alex Kirk, Kokoman Fine Wine & Liquor, LA Canvas Events, Los Alamos Daily Post, LAPS Athletics, Mary Beth Maassen, Origami, Pajarito Mountain, PEEC, Petree Garden Center & Florist, Pig + Fig Café, Reel Deal Theater, Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Richard Swenson, Ruby K's, Ryan Finn Quartet, Susan Roach, Suzy Kroesche, Vintage Hair Co., Windgate Healing Arts and Zia Credit Union.
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is an independent organization that supports, challenges, and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Since its inception in 2005, the LAPS Foundation has infused more than $1 million into Los Alamos Public Schools to fund opportunities and materials for students, provide professional development for district educators, defray operating expenses, and assist with capital improvements to enrich learning environments in the Los Alamos public schools.
The Foundation raises money through generous contributions from individuals and organizations who share the Foundation’s core values that excellent public education is every child's right, and that excellent public education systems depend on: a well-informed and supportive community, caring and competent educators, a supportive and responsive school environment, and sufficient financing to achieve educational goals.
To learn more about the LAPS Foundation and how to get involved and/or make a donation, visit or call 505.500.6501.
LAHS student volunteers help out at the annual LAPSF fundraiser event. Photo by Leslie Bucklin