Escondido, CA

Vintage fashion show May 11 to raise funds for Escondido schools

The EEF gift tree at last year’s fundraiser.

The Escondido Education Foundation (EEF) invites you to attend “Now and Then,” a  vintage show Saturday, May 11, 2-4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 845 Chestnut St., Escondido

There will be opportunity drawings, champagne, outside vendors, tea sandwiches and desserts, with all proceeds going toward innovative classrooms projects in the Escondido Union School District. Mayor Paul McNamara will be helping with the event, although the main draw will be Olivia Terry’s vintage fashions. Foundation President Carolyn Royer commented, “Olivia Terry is making quite a name for herself in the vintage fashion world.”

Tickets cost $35 per person, which can be purchased at

EEF’s mission is to raise funds to support innovative learning in Escondido’s K-8 schools, which includes more than 18,000 students in 23 public schools including 17 elementary, 5 middle and 1 intermediate school.

Founded in 2004, the Escondido Education Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation, emerged to meet a need for new connections in the community to support the highest quality of education in the district. Since its founding it has raised over $600,000. Ninety-seven percent of the funds raised go straight to Escondido Union School District teachers to use for innovative projects for their students.  

Historically, when teachers wanted to do something “above and beyond” what the state provided, they would have to reach into their own pockets.  Nowadays, with the world of technology advancing so quickly, teachers who want to prepare their students for the modern world need help from the business community. That’s where the foundation comes in.

The Foundation raises funds through individual donations, an EUSD employee contribution program, the annual campaign Fall In Love With Escondido Schools, and grants, which it donates to selected, highly effective programs within the Escondido Union School District.

Last year it funded classroom projects such as “Edison Robots,” “Classroom Community & Comfort” “Can You Hear Me Now?” and “Flexible Seating Classrooms” and team projects such as “STEAM Robotics Challenges,” “Hydroponic Indoor Garden,” “Kindergarten Gardeners” and

“Mind Magnifying Microphones.”  The grants were issued in December and the projects are underway this year.

The Escondido Education Foundation raises money by writing grants, holding fundraisers, soliciting funds from the community and individual donations.

The EEF recently held its 4th annual “Fall In Love With Escondido Schools” at the Elks Lodge in Escondido. Besides having yummy tacos and loads of fun, the EEF offered silent and live auction items for guests to bid on. At that event the foundation honored Connie Blackburn, a recently retired kindergarten teacher from Central Elementary, for her love and dedication to the students in the EUSD. Paulette Donnellon was also honored for her dedication to the children in the EUSD. 

A model from last year’s vintage fashion event.

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