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A toast and a WiSH for education

Posted: April 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Left to right, Judy Penman, Cheryl Gray and Brenda Kay toast Marlee Lauffer, vice chairwoman of the WiSH Education Foundation. Lauffer also served as co-host of the wine tasting event held Saturday at the Newhall Library. Photo by Michele Buttleman

The Newhall Library was the inspired choice of location for an inaugural wine tasting benefit for the William S. Hart Education Foundation.

The WiSH Foundation event attracted more than 150 guests and dozens of wine and food sponsors.

The event was co-hosted by Marlee Lauffer, vice president of Newhall Land and vice chairwoman of the WiSH Foundation and Eve Bushman of

Lauffer said the event benefits junior and senior high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“The idea behind the WiSH Foundation is to fulfill the wishes of teachers, items not being obtained through the state budget process,” she said. “It’s a nonprofit community-driven foundation to provide different things for the schools.
Bushman said everything was donated for the event.

“We have wonderful wine and food donors here tonight,” she said.

Amy Daniels, executive director of the WiSH Education Foundation, said all funds raised from the event will benefit the Hart District science program.

Proceeds from the event, which included a silent auction were earmarked to purchase $20,000 worth of microscopes.

“This is the first event of it’s kind to be held at the Old Town Newhall Library,” Daniels said. “Every single penny of profit we make tonight goes toward the purchase of lab science equipment.”

Gloria Mercado-Fortine, a trustee of the William S. Hart Union School District, said events like the wine tasting make it “great to live in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

“This is a very special event to support our classrooms, teachers and our kids,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see so much support from the community.”

Steve Sturgeon, a trustee of William S. Hart Union School District, said he hopes the fundraiser will grow throughout the years.

“The Education Foundation is really needed at this time because of the budget constraints at the state and federal levels,” he said.

For more information about the WiSH Foundation visit


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