It is with a heavy heart that we announce today that HBEF has officially canceled its Hearts of Hermosa fundraiser planned for Saturday, March 21.
This decision was not taken lightly and included the guidance of the city, school administration, and Beach Cities Health District. Ultimately, as an organization that cares immensely about the overall health and well being of our community, we are following the mandate of the Governor of California for all large public gatherings to be cancelled.
What does this mean for the future of the event?
At this time, we are not in a position to reschedule Hearts of Hermosa. This puts HBEF in an even more difficult position because revenues from the event make up almost 25% of the dollars we provide to the school district. As most parents are aware, HBEF funds programs such as Sparks Lab, Idea Lab, STEAM, art, music and more that are NOT funded by the state.
In an effort to stabilize these critical enrichment programs, and still raise funds, we have made the collective decision to still host the online auction next week. We will share more details in the days ahead.
Hearts of Hermosa ticket holders may convert the cost of the tickets into a donation to help us reach our annual goal. Your donation will then become 100% tax deductible.
This was an extremely difficult decision and we have truly appreciated all of the hard work and efforts that have gone into the planning process to date. Thank you to everyone for understanding and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Carol Reid Kluthe (HBEF President) & HBEF Executive Board