BHS to hold fundraiser for foundation’s grant programs

By: Mike Koury | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 14, 2016

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — To help raise money for the Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation, the school district will hold its second annual Foundation CeleBHration on Friday, April 15.

The event will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Lake Country Club, 1401 Club Drive, with a VIP reception, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m., and dinner, entertainment and a live auction at 7:30 p.m.

The BHSF helps raise money for schools in the district by giving grants to fund programs and initiatives, to bring in guest speakers for students or teachers to hear.

The event will feature student entertainment and a speech from alumnus Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, executive director of public health and health officer for the city of Detroit.

BHSF Executive Director Cathie Badalamenti said local businesses have stepped up to donate auction items and sponsor the event to raise funds for the grant program.

“We’re able to provide grants, as well as provide funding for a particular program that the district would like to host, but it’s not covered through the general operating budget,” she said.

Some of the items up for auction include a pool party at the new swimming pool at Bloomfield Hills High School, a trip to Mackinac Island, items and gift cards to many local businesses, and more.

Conant Elementary Principal Nick Russo said that thanks to the foundation, some of the grants helped purchase a 3-D printer and improve the school’s speech and language programs.

“It’s really improved a student’s ability to organize their thoughts and create cohesive pieces of writing,” he said of the school’s improved speech and language programs.

Russo said the grants have allowed the school to try more “outside-the-box” approaches to learning and teaching, and to enhance the programing and teaching at the school while not having to worry about budget crunching.

“It allows for very new and creative and innovative ways of doing things and thinking,” he said.

Tickets for the event cost $125 and can be purchased at bloomfield.org/FoundationCelebration or by calling (248) 341-5465.

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