Blanquie keeps EF fundraising eyes on the monetary prize
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By Jud Snyder  May 16, 2014 12:00 am

It’s no surprise the Education Foundation of Cotati and Rohnert Park surpasses itself in fundraising every year. And it’s no surprise the amount of funding sought by school teachers every year surpasses the amount of funds available. Scholastic education has its price tag as every parent knows.

Their biggest annual fundraiser, the “Sharing O’ the Green,” held late in March this year, once again topped the previous year in funds raised. 

Education Foundation president, Vera Blanquie, now in her fourth one-year term as EF president, said, “We received 114 teacher requests for their projects.

“The total amount sought was $150,324.71, but the total funds available in our treasury was $78,578.89, which is downright frustrating for it’s just a little over half of the amount needed.”

A pleasant surprise was a donation of $2,500 from Ellen DeMartini, earmarked for buying sewing machines for students at Rancho Cotate High School. 

Blanquie has a dream. It has the EF fulfilling all the funding requests 100 percent. Other members share the same dream.

They’re not standing still. Fundraising projects continue year-round. Coming up Sunday, June 1, is another EF-sponsored beer and wine booth at an event held in Montgomery Village shopping center during a jazz concert in Santa Rosa with all profits going to the EF. 

Then, when the Farmers’ Market opens its season Friday, June 6, along with live musical entertainment in Rohnert Park’s planned downtown center adjacent to the RP public library, the Education Foundation will have a booth here all summer long. Add to the list, Outback Steakhouse, which held a special half-off price for appetizers with proceeds going to Blanquie’s group.

They’re managed by an executive board with Jim Curry as vice-president, Carrie Quail is secretary, treasurer is Barbara Tatman, assistant treasurer is Cheri Chipman and April Nelson’s the immediate past-president.

“We keep our funding applications quite simple,” said Blanquie. 

“They’re all blind forms, they have no teacher names or school names. This makes the granting of requests limited solely to the projects spelled out.”

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