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GJEF: Gahanna All-Star 2013 Gala

Fundraiser supports students, honors educational all-stars

The Gahanna Gala 2013 All-Star benefit, sponsored by the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation (GJEF), has raised more than $122,000 in support of education during the ninth annual fundraiser and celebration Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.

“These funds go toward many academic enrichment initiatives, classroom-oriented educator grants and additional technology for our students,” said Dale Foor, GJEF president and coordinator of community services for the District.

Annually, the GJEF conducts an event-themed fundraiser. It’s customarily been referred to as the Celebration of Excellence and tickets frequently sell out early. Foor describes it as “an evening of fun and fundraising.” This year’s event, hosted by WBNS-10TV’s  Karina Nova, had an all-star sports theme and attendees were encouraged to wear a favorite team’s colors or mascot. It featured a silent auction as well as a fast-paced live auction. Combined, both had thousands of one-of-a-kind items and services provided by area business and civic organizations.

The Foundation commits two-thirds of the proceeds for its grant program and the remaining one-third toward investments to maintain an endowment. Last year, the GJEF provided more than 400 grants in excess of $500,000, which continue to directly or indirectly support every Gahanna-Jefferson student.

Taking on all challengers!
Prior to the live auction, Foor surprised attendees by donning boxing gear, jogging to the head of the room and challenging the following educators to come forward:

  • Dwight Carter – the current GLHS principal and a 2013 Digital Principal Award honoree;
  • Tom Gregory – the current adviser for WGLH-TV’s multiple award-winning television production program and a GLHS speech instructor;
  • Russell “Russ” Cochrane – a former GLHS DECA program instructor (1974-2004), a past Ohio DECA Instructor of the Year honoree, and a 2005 GJEF Cornerstone Award honoree;
  • Fred Donelson – the current GLHS science department chairperson and a current participant of NASA’s 2012-2013 IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program; and,
  • Randy Allen  – the District's former technology director (1984-2008) and a past National IBM Teacher of the Year honoree.
However, after a brief roll call of the numerous educational accomplishments of each, Foor threw in the proverbial towel stating could not go up against such high-caliber educational all-stars.

Stubbornly insisting he still had at least one good fight left, Foor turned his challenge toward the auction. It worked. The night’s final tally exceeded the 2012 milestone of $112,000.
Image: Karina Nova & Dale Foor

Pictured: Karina Nova (right), a WBNS-10TV reporter and the gala's emcee, gives Dale Foor (left) tips on his boxing stance while he awaits the evening’s competition.

About the GJEF
The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation (GJEF) was created as a direct result of the leadership and advice of the Gahanna-Jefferson School Business Advisory Council. The financial base was established through the generous support of the Gahanna Rotary Club and from the Gahanna-Jefferson Area Fund Inc., with gifts of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Within the founding year, the GJEF met all legal requirements for designation as an IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Accordingly, it recruited a board of directors made up of business professionals and civic leaders committed to Promoting Excellence in Our Schools.

For more information, contact GJPS Coordinator of Community Services, Dale Foor, at 614-416-0298 or email:; or contact the GJPS Office of Communications.

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