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Bonsallpalooza 2010 saves music programs for Bonsall Schools

BONSALL – The Bonsall Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants funds for programs in support of academic excellence in the Bonsall Union School District (BUSD), is pleased to report it raised $18,500 from Bonsallpalooza 2010. The funds will be earmarked for music programs for all grade levels at all four district schools. 2010-2011 academic year music programs will be determined by the district-wide music committee comprised of teachers and administrators in the district.

Fun and fundraising were the themes that emerged from Bonsallpalooza 2010. “The amazing generosity of event sponsors, performers, donors, and attendees made it possible to produce a community event that not only raises money for our schools but solidifies the bond and connections within the community” said Erica Perko, Bonsall Education Foundation (BEF) President and Bonsall Honorary Mayor.

Bonsallpalooza 2010 had innumerable highlights including BUSD Superintendent Justin Cunningham performing with a band he and surprise guest Robert Turner, President of the Board of Education, put together called DCAT. They performed in the pre-event VIP Hospitality Suite.

Bonsall Honorary Mayor and BEF President Erica Perko and Bonsallpalooza 2010 Event Chair Jennifer Smith opened the event by thanking those who had come out to support the cause. A heart-warming video tribute produced by Jeeky Productions that recognized teachers and community members who have passed was accompanied by Sullivan Middle School Choir superstar Janae Jackson singing her amazing rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s ballad “I will remember you.” The moving tribute left audience members misty and reflective of the amazing individuals who have blessed their community.

Bonsallpalooza main stage performers then rallied to show their support for art and music in Bonsall public schools. Opening act and rising star Amanda Stansky flew in from Texas to support the cause and play at the world class Pala Resort. After her own musical set that delighted the audience, Stansky performed with Sullivan Middle School Show Choir members in a beautiful rendition of “Invincible.”

Next up was the incredible tri-cultural sounds of Carlos Olmeda. He was joined on stage by his brother Toca Rivera from the Jason Mraz Band. The duo wowed the audience with their multi-cultural blend of acoustic music. Then they shifted gears and Olmeda and the Sullivan Middle School Jazz Band members brought the audience to their feet with an energy filled version of “Are you going to be my girl.”

The Temecula-based band “Old School” had the audience dancing in the aisles with their variety of music from the 80’s, 90’s and today’s best rock. San Diego-based band “Stepping Feet” delighted the crowd with their Dave Matthews Tribute Show.

Silent auction and raffle items provided additional fundraising opportunities for the evening. Event goers are still talking about the show and many have said that Bonsallpalooza 2010 was even better than Bonsallpalooza 2009. The annual benefit concert is well on its way to become a mainstay community event that helps ensure that music enrichment programs stay in local schools.


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