From Foothill High School:
The energy in the ballroom at the Pleasanton Hilton Saturday, Nov. 3 was
electrifying for Foothill High School’s first Falcon Royale gala in over six years. The event raised more than $110,000 for both academic and athletic programs.
The event was co-sponsored by the Foothill Academic & Activities Booster Club and the Foothill Athletic Boosters for the benefit of all Foothill students.
The booster groups held a teaser event, Denim & Diamonds, in the spring, which proved there was enough support to re-launch the annual Falcon Royale event.
“I just want to say how impressed and appreciative I am regarding (the) efforts
toward what I perceive as nothing short of a huge success with Falcon Royale.
Pleasanton resident and business owner Joe O’Loughlin said, “It’s one thing to ‘carry the torch’ and continue on a tradition or annual event, but to resurrect/re-invent an enormous fundraising endeavor without a blueprint to follow is quite an undertaking.”
The booster groups have raised $165,000 in 2012 with the help of our community sponsors -- Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiology, Hilton at the Club, E*Trade Financial, Olympic Orthodontics, DeBernardi Development, Better Homes & Gardens Realtor Cindy Gee and Alain Pinel Realtor Julia Murtagh, plus donations made by local and Bay Area businesses and families.
The 2012 Falcon Royale kicked off with an online auction three weeks before the
live event, allowing everyone within the community to participate and bringing
support from across the nation. The live event featured an elegant dinner, fun casino games and lively dancing, along with silent and live auction items. Some of the most sought-after items were a package for a VIP courtside experience to this year’s Foothill vs. Amador basketball game and amazing desserts created by our own Foothill students.
Event co-chairs Donna Truex and Brenda McFarlane were delighted by the support and results, and encouraged by the number of people already talking about attending the 2013 Falcon Royale.
“I personally had a great time seeing old friends and making new (friends) and
generally seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who took the time to enjoy
our community and support our kids,” parent Katrina Edwards said. “This can be
nothing but a huge step in the right direction. Here’s to 2013.”