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Last Chance for Toasts & Tastes of Fall
Facebook Contest Winner
Giving Fund Update
New Grant Programs
Corporate Sponsors
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Valley Times 8/1/13

Pleasanton Weekly 8/23/13

The Independent 9/6/13

Pleasanton Patch 8/27/13
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What can you do to support programs for our students in PUSD?
You can donate to our District Education Foundation, PPIE.

  Other comparable communities ask their families for over $500 per student - and they have a very high participation rate!  

If you can't give that much up front, you can donate what you can through our monthly donation program.  Every bit helps!

Contributing to PPIE helps insulate our students from the unstable and inadequate funding that the state has been providing the past 5 years, and helps to enhance educational programs.  Need more info?  Check out the PPIE website at  
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October 15, 2013

Last Chance to Get in on the Fun!
for the fundraising event of the season!
Toasts & Tastes of Fall
Bon Appetit! Culinary Competition & Auction
October 19th, 6:30-10:00 pm
California Center, Pleasanton


A Showcase of Delectable Dining, Fine Wines, and Fabulous & Fun Auction Items!

The 10th Annual "Toasts & Tastes of Fall" Culinary Competition and Fundraiser has attracted some of Pleasanton's culinary elite. It's a great chance to sample food from some established favorites - and a few new chefs in town.

Our judging panel this year features Nick Boer, Food Editor at Diablo Magazine, International Food & Wine Writer Deborah Grossman, and Auburn James Winemaker Jim Frost.

Competing in the Slow Food Category are:
  • Almond's Kitchen - Goat Cheese with Candied Fig & Spiced Nuts
  • Eddie Papa's American Hangout - Rhode Island Linguisa & Kale with White Bean Stew
  • FAZ Restaurant - Khoresht Cheymeh Bademjan
  • Forno Vecchio - Spiced Pumpkin Gluten-Free Ravioli
  • Mangia Mi - Kobe Beef Meatballs in Calabrian Chili Broth
  • On the Vine Catering - Savory Butternut Rugosa Squash with Sunchoke Puree
Going skillet-to-skillet in the Savory Category are:
  • Baci Bistro & Bar - Dijon Encrusted Lamb
  • Blue Agave Club - Steak Jalisco with Mexican Rice
  • The Hopyard - Smoked Hoisin Baby Back Ribs with Mango Hoisin BBQ Sauce
  • Pans on Fire - Coconut Curry Shrimp with Micro Greens
  • The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards - Lamb Pastrami on Rye
  • Valley Catering - Butternut Squash Pulled Pork
And for a refreshing finish, our Sweet Category competitors are:
  • Primrose Bakery - Assorted Tartletts, Eclaires, & mini-desserts
  • Sweet Freedom Bake Shop - Assorted Miniature Gluten-free Cupcakes
  • Sweet & Savory - Various Sweet Desserts
You will enjoy delectable dishes from these fine establishments especially paired with fine wines! Enjoy live music while you head over to the Silent Auction for some tastefully presented auction lots - and a little eye candy! Bid on a "Stay-cation" lot featuring dinner for two at The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards and an overnight at The Rose Hotel. Or head down to Aptos with the entire family for a few days at Seascape in a deluxe ocean-view condominium.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Napa Valley Roving Raffle opportunity courtesy of Black Tie Limousine or invest in a selection of Fine Wines from Auburn James and Chappellet Vineyard & Winery or Cult Wines from The Prisoner and Orin Swift. While the guys are filling their wine cellars, the gals will be eyeing a selection of fine jewelry donated by Barron's Jewelers as well as some fun, trendy items from Twisted Silver.

Event proceeds benefit the foundation and its programs supporting the Pleasanton Unified School District. We greatly appreciate the support of our Toasts & Tastes Sponsors.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online. Names will be placed on a guest list at the event - no hard tickets will be mailed - and guests must be at least 21 to attend.
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Facebook Contest Winner
Let's grow our fan base!
The winner of our Facebook Contest was Lori Carducci!  But you can still help us increase our reach on Facebook by liking our page and sharing our posts.  The more our community knows about the great work of PPIE and our volunteers, the more we will be able to support Pleasanton students!    


Annual Giving Fund Update
For programs in the 2014-15 school year
Elementary - Smaller Class Sizes
Elementary - Technology
$  36K
Middle School level
$  69K
High School level
$  52K
Other - use as needed donations
$  32K
Total as of 10/08/13
In fact, we have an additional $55,000 or so expected to come in through pledges and corporate matching!  We are making some great progress towards our 2014-15 Giving Fund Goals.
We continue to make progress towards our goal of at least 25% of families participating.  We are currently at 10% - so we still have some room for improvement during the upcoming months.  Please encourage your friends to join us by using our link.
New Student & Educator Grant Programs
More information to come...
PPIE is revamping our Grant Program.  Check it out at PPIE Grant Programs and if you have a student who is interested, please note that there is only one grant cycle this year...
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!
We encourage you to show your appreciation for their continued support!

Autumn Gold Sponsors


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Fall Foliage Sponsors 



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Check out the complete list of Toasts & Tastes Sponsors on our website!
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Susan Hayes
Executive Director

Pleasanton Partnerships In Education