Gala 2016

Spirit of Excellence Gala

On October 14, 2017, IPSF hosted the 8th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala & Auction presented by FivePoint.  This is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year and brings the community together to honor distinguished alumni of the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) and raise funds for Irvine classrooms. The evening is a shining example of the difference we can make when we work together as a community. Proceeds directly benefit local public schools and more than 34,000 students.


7th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala

Irvine inspired

Last year’s event was an extra special celebration as it officially kicked off IPSF’s 20th Anniversary of enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. We presented Spirit of Excellence Awards to three outstanding honorees including actor/comedian, Will Ferrell, American rock band, Thrice, and Irvine Company for their enduring commitment and dedication to education in our community. Nasim Pedrad and Irvine High School student, Ryan Lee put on an epic stand up performance to honor Will Ferrell and entertained guests throughout the night.

Other highlights of the evening included a special anniversary performance by the Grammy Award Winning Woodbridge High School choir, directed by Mr. Rob Blaney and a live set by honorees Thrice. The entertainment set the tone for a lively evening of fundraising in support of Irvine schools. All told, we raised over $780,000 in net proceeds to benefit the students of Irvine.

Click below to view photos and videos from the 2016 Gala. Thank you to Lia Marie Photography, Werkit Photo Booth, Chris Hatcher, and Orange County Films for helping us capture this incredible event!


allie cheers Red carpet
Videos Photo Gallery Red Carpet Gallery

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors, especially FivePoint as the Presenting Sponsor, for their unwavering commitment and generosity. Their support – at the Gala and throughout the year – is helping over 33,000 students achieve their dreams.

2016 Sponsors