Third Annual iBelieve Gala set for tonight

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Tonight, the fabulous Breeze Band will usher guests into the beautiful Erie Bayfront Convention Center Ballroom for the Third Annual Partnership for Erie Public Schools’ iBelieve Gala.

The dinner-dance with a cash bar, which supports the Erie School District and its 12,000 students, begins at 7 p.m.  Guests in cocktail attire will have the opportunity to bid on wonderful donated gifts during a silent auction. Along the way, Erie School District “Stars” in six important categories will be honored by PEPS for their accomplishments and dedication to public education in Erie.

This year’s honorees include:

Academics: Ina Fisher, a retired Erie School District teacher and administrator
Athletics: Cliff Crosby, an East High School graduate and National Football League standout
Arts: Tom Ferraro, a talented local mural artist
Assistance: Al and Peggy Richardson, scholarship benefactors and longtime advocates for public education
Advocacy: Marcus Atkinson, a Strong Vincent High School graduate, community organizer and popular radio host
Community Partner: General Electric Transportation Co., a longtime supporter of the Erie School District

The iBelieve Gala is seen as a fund-raiser to help PEPS support and supplement Erie School District programs and activities not funded by local or state taxpayer dollars. But the Gala is also an opportunity to create awareness and focus attention on the importance of quality public education in Erie and the region. PEPS also sees the Gala as an opportunity for supporters of Erie public schools to celebrate our schools, students, teachers and administrators.

Tickets for the Gala are $50 per person, or $400 for a table of eight, and include a full dinner and evening of dancing and camaraderie. All proceeds will benefit the PEPS’ “Straight A’s for Erie Public Schools Campaign,” which recognizes Academics, Arts, Athletics, Assistance and Advocacy for the Erie School District and its students.

For tickets and/or more information, please e-mail or phone Janae Butler at or 814-874-6028.


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