May 20

Thanks to all who attended the Dinner Gala

Thank you to all the people who attended the 2015 Dinner Gala and Auction and to all the sponsors and businesses who donated to the event.

Thanks to you, approximately $14,000 will be added to the amount to be used for teacher-requested classroom grants for the 2015/16 school year.

Additional thanks to Jim Freeman, our emcee for the evening, the SWHS Jazz Band combo, the SWHS Music in Motion Choir, the SWA Robotics Team, SWSD Superintendent Dr. Jo Moccia for leading the medallion game, and Betty Bond, the SWSF Board member who organized the event.

Listen to what Gavin Imes, last year’s student representative on the Foundation Board, had to say about the Foundation and the effect it has had on his life.




May 07

Time to buy your tickets to this year’s Dinner Gala Fundraiser


The Foundation’s main fundraiser — a gala dinner and auction– is coming up Saturday, May 16 at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club.

There will be live entertainment by the South Whidbey High School Jazz Band, displays of classroom projects (including an underwater robotics demonstration), and both a silent and live auction, all emceed by South Whidbey’s Conductor of Fun, Jim Freeman.

The proceeds will fund next school year’s classroom projects. So, don’t delay, buy your tickets today online by clicking:


Or download this 2015 Gala Mail-in Signup Sheet   and mail it in to SWSF / PO Box 24 / Freeland, 98249.

Apr 29

The List of Auction Items for the May 16 Dinner Gala

The list of items for the May 16 Gala Dinner and Auction is as follows. Don’t delay, purchase your tickets NOW at


As of this date, the Live auction items include:

  1. A Georgia Gerber “Stretching Hare” statue
  2. A Crab Feast for Eight by the Wileys
  3. Ebey’s Landing Photo on Canvas 12″ x 36 by acclaimed photographer Ron Norman
  4. 18 holes of golf for 4 people at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club
  5. A two-hour squad car ‘ride on the wild side’ with Langley Police Chief (great for kids)
  6. DSC_0140Comfort Farms Wine Tasting for 4 couples (with 1 bottle each to take home)
  7. Paramount Hotel Overnight Stay & Breakfast for two – Seattle
  8. Boatyard Inn one night stay Sunday through Thursday
  9. Deception Pass Tours 4 tickets for a Jet Boat Tour
  10. A quilt made by Kate Wright (single bed, couch, size – beautiful)
  11. Pine Cottage Bed & Breakfast one night weekend stay or two weeknights
  12. A Tipsy Gourmet Wine Themed Gift Basket
  13. Belltown 2-bedroom condo, 2 night stay, water view
  14. Two Libtech Snowboards
  15. 5 yards of beauty bark from Landshapers
  16. A Workout Certificate ($240 value) with Adam Fawcett at Vibrant-Fitness

Ron norman

Silent Auction Items 

  • 4 horseback riding lessons by Harmony Hills Farm
  • 4 hours of house cleaning (Dria Boyer)
  • A Rocco Gianni Italian Pizza Dinner for 4 people
  • Two Mariners Tickets for June 21 game
  • 100 postcards (design & printing) by Whidbey Island Printing
  • Gourmet Beer Basket filled with micro/high end beer
  • A used Surface RT computer
  • Two Gift Certificates for 20 pounds of Grass-Fed Beef from Windecker Cattle Company
  • An Island Style Salon Gift basket of products, plus an appointment
  • A hand-dyed silk scarf from Big Sister
  • A small antique world globe
  • A Soleil gift certificate
  • A Pickles gift certificate
  • Two Indian (tribal) pictures
  • A choice of a Shirlee’s pie in a pie plate created by potter Sharon Warwick
  • A Sweet Mona’s gift certificate for a box of chocolates
  • Island Style Salon products gift basket and appointment
  • A Big Sister gift certificate
  • A Moonraker Books gift certificate
  • An ACE Bird Feeder and Birdseed
  • A Freeland Nails Gift Certificate
  • A Susie Richards Farm Produce Gift Certificate
  • A 60-Minute Custom Facial from Miss M’s Wax Bar & Hair Salon
  • New Blooms Watercolor Painting by Sharon Price
  • Watercolor Flower Notecards by Sharon Price
  • A Spring Watercolor Painting by Sharon Price
  • A Cider and Goodies Basket by Susie Richards
  • Mukilteo Coffee Roasters Coffee, Mug and Gift Card Basket
  • A Glass Vase & Gift Certificate by Casey’s Crafts
  • A South Whidbey High School Falcons Basket canned goods basket
  • A South Whidbey Elementary School Orca Basket
  • A Langley Middle School Cougar Basket with toys and gadgets
  • A South Whidbey Academy Italian Food & Wine Basket

The above list of items is what the Foundation currently expects will be available for auction at the Gala.  Some items, however, may become unavailable for reasons beyond the Foundation’s control.  We will update the list as frequently as possible.  Please check back as the Gala approaches to ensure items you are interested in are still available.


Apr 20

Ever wonder how your donations help local students?

Among the 22 classroom projects which the Foundation is funding this school year are several field trips for students to learn about our local marine and forest  environments. You can read more about the latest funded field trip in Saturday’s South Whidbey Record article linked below.

The fifth-grade field trips were funded by a $1,400 grant from the non-profit South Whidbey Schools Foundation. The foundation also funded four other field trips for fifth graders during the 2014-15 school year. The Langley Middle School seventh-grade oceanography program was also funded by South Whidbey Schools Foundation with a grant of $1,280. Your donations, and attendance at our annual Gala Dinner (May 16 this year) make it all possible. 

Apr 03

Buy tickets now for May 16 Gala

Mark your calendars for this year’s annual SWSF Gala Dinner at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club on Saturday, May 16.

Come and enjoy a fine dinner, meet students and teachers who benefited from the Foundation’s classroom grants, and have a fun time full of entertainment and a lively after-dinner auction.

Tickets are available online at:


Jan 23

SAVE THE DATE: May 16 for the 2015 SWSF Gala Dinner

Mark your calendars for this year’s annual SWSF Gala Dinner at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club.

Come and enjoy a fine dinner, meet students and teachers who benefited from the Foundation’s classroom grants, and have a fun time full of entertainment and a lively after-dinner auction.




Jan 30

Your donations at work…

Tuesday’s 7th grade marine science field trip to the Langley Marina was made possible by a classroom grant from the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. Teachers and Whidbey Watershed Stewards showed students how to conduct several water measurements, identify marine organisms, and discussed how they relate to the health of our local marine ecosystem.

Dec 18

Our Annual Report Recaps the 2013/14 School Year Grants

You can read the new SWSF Annual Report recapping the Foundation’s work during the 2013/14 school year, plus a list of 2015 classroom grants.

Nov 25

Thank you for a great Talent Show

SWSF Board members Jean Shaw and Tom Walker did an outstanding job producing this year’s SWSF Talent Show Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. Get well wishes go to Jim Freeman who was feeling under the weather and unable to emcee. Jean Shaw did a great job in filling in.

Here are some highlights from this year’s show.

Nov 15

Your invitation to buy tickets for our Nov. 23 Talent Show

The Rural Characters invite you to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s awesome Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 23.

  • Jim Freeman will serve as emcee for this great lineup of local talent:

The Rural Characters
The SWHS Jazz Trio
The LMS Jazz Combo
The SWHS Show Choir under the direction of Paula Ludtke
Kim Morris & Kent Ratekin
Jeff Greene on piano
SWSD staff and students
SWSF board members
Latest Addition: Danny Ward

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