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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.

This year’s event was hosted by Dennis Kuhl, Chairman at Angels Baseball. The evening featured a moving performance of Lean on Me by the Grammy Award winning Woodbridge High School choir as well as a performance by Island Apollo, Northwood High School alumni and the recipients of the Rising Star Award at the event. A live auction during dinner featured six amazing experiences, including a Neiman Marcus Fashionista package, tickets to the sold out production of Hamilton, and a VIP day at the Del Mar races.

The evening also celebrated the accomplishments of three individuals whose education in Irvine set the stage for their future success. Honorees each received the Spirit of Excellence Award in their respective fields, in recognition of their achievements.

These honorees included:

  • Spirit of Excellence in the Arts — Steve Bass, Multi-Emmy Award winning Production Designer (Irvine High School Class of 1987)
  • Spirit of Excellence in Journalism — Eli Stokols, White House Reporter, The Wall Street Journal (University High School Class of 1997)
  • Spirit of Excellence in Leadership — Cassie Parham, IUSD Assistant Superintendent of Education Services (Irvine High School Class of 1988

We would like to thank all of our 2017 sponsors and donors for their unwavering commitment and generosity.

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Thank you to Werkit Photo and Orange County Films for helping us capture this incredible event!