The Drew Silvern Dollars for Scholars fund-raising Fiesta is held Memorial Day weekend because Drew’s birthday was May 30, the date on which the holiday used to be celebrated.
This year, May 28, was a perfect day for a celebration to honor Drew’s memory and benefit deserving students. The weather was ideal. There were enough umbrellas over the tables. Christian arrived in plenty of time to set up a lavish seafood feast. Matty prepared pitchers of refreshing beverages, and Ali Olmo serenaded us in English and Spanish.
There were raffles offering special services and summer attractions, and a Treasure Table to attract bargain hunters.
The highlight of the afternoon for me was to hear Blake Davis remember his elementary school days with Drew playing tennis and basketball and to hear the students tell what college means to them, their hopes for the future and their appreciation of the scholarships they receive. There are 16 continuing students and 5 new high school graduates who will receive checks June 18 at the LA Unified School District Board.
All of the money raised goes directly towards helping these students. There are minimal administrative costs.
This scholarship is a team effort. It takes a generous Board donating invitations, raffle and treasure table items, cookies, paper goods, their time and effort for photographs and mailings.
Board members, mentors and supporters come from all areas of the city and contribute their individual skills and talents to make it possible for 21 students to receive financial help and also encouragement to earn a college degree. Several of the graduates were at the Fiesta. They are all eager to do work to help others.
Many friends called to say it was the best fiesta ever. I hear this each year, and am happy to be writing thank you letters for weeks after the May Fiesta weekend.
Please enjoy the photos from our event, below.
Lila Lee Silvern