Carp-a-CaBOOna event and Westerlay Orchids retail sales to benefit educational nonprofit
The trick to October is to get the treat, and the Carpinteria Education Foundation gets an A+ in that. First, on Oct. 17, community partner Westerlay Orchids begins a weeklong fundraiser for the educational organization. The Carpinteria-based, family-owned farming business will give 100% of its retail shop proceeds to CEF for the fourth year in a row, according to Casey Balch, president of the nonprofit dedicated to advancing learning opportunities for all Carpinteria Unified School District students.
Last year, Westerlay Orchids raised nearly $24,000 for CEF. The funds raised through Westerlay Orchids are earmarked to fund STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and arts programming.
“We are honored to once again be the recipients of Westerlay Orchids’ generosity. They have provided much needed funding in support of amazing programs, from art and STEM to providing funding to ensure all students have access to technology,” Balch said.
Open Monday through Saturday, the retail shop offers a full collection of world-class orchids, including new cascading and bramble orchid arrangements, as well as gardening tools and accessories.
“We pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” Toine Overgaag, second-generation flower cultivator and owner of Westerlay Orchids, explained. “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success – we both grow and thrive when we work together – and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Carpinteria’s next generation gets the support and resources they need.”
The Westerlay Orchids fundraiser ends on Oct. 23 – and on that day CEF will hold Carp-a-CaBOOna – a Halloween-themed takeoff of CEF’S annual affair “Carp-a-Cabana.” The event will be held on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. at Carpinteria High School. Costumes are encouraged for the dinner event, which includes a hosted bar as well as live and silent auctions. Tickets are $125 and proof of vaccination is required.
The 2019 Carp-a-Cabana, which was the event’s 27th annual, raised more than $160,000 for the Visual and Performing Arts in CUSD schools, according to CEF’s Web site.
“We are so grateful for the generosity and support from CEF, Westerlay Orchids, and the community at large to provide CUSD students with the quality learning experiences that they deserve!” said Diana F. Rigby, superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District.
Balch added that “Westerlay Orchids has been an amazing partner for the Carpinteria Education Foundation and always has gone above and beyond to support all our kids. If you get a chance be sure to come support them as they help CEF raise funds ahead of what is sure to be a great Carp-a-CaBOOna!”