Petalumans will celebrate Saturday at the Petaluma Educational Foundation’s Ruby Red BASH at Barn at the Gamboni Ranch to support the success of future generations.

The event marks the return of the foundation’s annual event to an in-person celebration after two years of pandemic-restricted virtual parties.

“We are delighted to be participating in person at our annual BASH fundraiser at our new event venue,” said Maureen Hyland, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Having received great support for her virtual girlfriend broadcasts over the last two years, I am looking forward to meeting all her PEF friends at Ruby Red BASH.”

The night is a gala in every sense of the word: dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, live music, Bay Area party bands and private concerts by Jay Sagan Presents The Notorious.

A highlight of the night is the signature paddle raise, in which guests raise their paddles and pledge their support for the Foundation’s program of granting grants to all of Petaluma’s public and private schools.

Since 1983, the Foundation has awarded over $4,096,708 to teachers, administrators and parents to fund projects not included in school budgets. The purpose of the grant program is to reward innovative academic programs and promote educational excellence for all Petaluma area students.

The Foundation, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, also manages 83 scholarships. The award is given to students planning to further their academic career in a two- or four-year college or vocational program.

In 2022, the Foundation has awarded $261,900 to all high school graduates in the Petaluma area.

“Education is very important, especially now when students need well-being and academic support to cope with learning loss and social-emotional skill development,” Hyland said. “We call on the entire community to be part of our mission and make a personal pledge to fund the future to make the dreams of every student come true.”

Event partners are Petaluma Market, Petaluma Health Care District, Clover Sonoma and Exchange Bank.

Even those who cannot participate in BASH can enjoy the silent auction. For more information, please contact

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