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SchoolPower Dinner Dance

SchoolPower’s 34th Annual Dinner Dance

February 9, 2019

SchoolPower Dinner Dance: February 10, 2018 Recap

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A Dreamy Night for Laguna Beach Schools

SchoolPower held its 33rd Annual Dinner Dance Catching Dreams on February 10 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The magical event grossed over $320,000 for Laguna Beach schools. $185,000 of this money will go directly toward the annual Fund-A-Need. Remaining funds will assist SchoolPower’s year-round efforts supporting academics, music and the arts.

SchoolPower President Kristin Winter welcomed the spirited crowd, setting the stage for the real purpose of the night’s festivities by saying, “Your presence here tonight is everything…it shows that you understand that community support is the way we set Laguna Beach public schools apart.”

The crowd warmly applauded Dinner Dance Chairs Sarah Durand, Carol Moss and Gorjana Reidel for their work creating an incredible evening of dining, dancing and bidding on amazing silent and live auction items. Event auctioneer Zack Krone kept the paddles going – and the money coming in – with his witty banter. The Cover-Ups Band kept the crowd fired up and dancing with their 80’s-themed music.

The biggest dream that came true that night was the enthusiasm for the 2018 Fund-a-Need Navigating the Information Age, which inspired the 300 guests to raise over $185,000 in a matter of minutes. LBUSD Superintendent Dr. Jason Viloria presented the initiative, saying “In our schools we are focused on educating the whole child in an environment where they feel challenged, engaged, safe, and supported. To be a successful modern learner, we must provide our students with the skills and understanding of the power and responsibility that comes with living in the digital age.” Event guests clearly embraced his message.

Money raised will go toward the hiring of a district-wide Digital Library Specialist, as well as part-time teacher coaches. This team will lead a K-12 effort to improve students’ digital literacy skills. SchoolPower Endowment committed $25,000 to this effort, in addition to the investment by LBUSD.

February 10, 2018 – 5:00PM

We hope you will be a part of Catching Dreams, the 33rd Annual SchoolPower Dinner Dance, on February 10, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. It’s an incredible evening of dining, dancing and bidding on amazing silent and live auction items, all to help realize the dreams of Laguna Beach students. Last year’s event grossed $300,000 for Laguna Beach schools to support the new social and emotional support team, smaller class sizes (K-3), music, performing arts, athletics, STEM, teacher grants, and more.

How to get involved:


Attend the event by contributing $1500 or more to our yearly Community Campaign. Your contribution includes two tickets to the dinner dance, as well as two Laguna Locals discount cards and the ability to designate 20% of your donation to a specific grade level, program, PTA, or teacher. Donate today.

Already made your qualifying Community Campaign contribution? Please call us at 949-494-6811 to RSVP.

Individual tickets to the dinner dance are also available for purchase for $500/each. Buy tickets.

Invitations will be mailed to Community Campaign donors at the Sponsor level and above, as well as last year’s attendees. if you would like to receive an invitation, please email us at


Your generous contribution will be viewed by over 300 guests at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton and by supporters participating via mobile bidding from anywhere in the world. Donors also receive recognition in our event program, our year-end Thank You spread in Laguna Beach Magazine and our e-newsletters to LBUSD families. Donate items or services.


Mobile bidding is accessible worldwide to all supporters who wish to participate in the auction, but cannot attend the event. Please register now for mobile bidding.


Guests attending the dinner dance will be asked to raise their paddles to fund a special initiative for LBUSD. If you are not attending, but would like to give your support, your online donation will help achieve the goal. Donate now.


An event of this magnitude is only made possible by the help of many dedicated volunteers. If you would like to donate your time, please let us know.

See recap of the 2017 Dinner Dance