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BEF reaches goal of $100,000 in pledges


Foundation enlisted help of more than 300 high school students over five nights

Following five busy nights of calling Beaverton School District patrons, the Beaverton Education Foundation reached a goal of securing pledges of more than $100,000.

The 15th annual Phone-a-thon was conducted Oct. 14, 16, 17, 22 and 23.

That’s when more than 300 Beaverton-area high school students manned telephones at Ruby Receptionists’ state-of-the-art facility in Murrayhill.

“We connected with an estimated 23,000 individuals in our community, and our students learned valuable skills and important lessons,” said Kristine Baggett, executive director of the Beaverton Education Foundation.

She said Ruby Receptionists personnel showed students simple but important things such as saying “thank you” to those who donated.

“Our friends at Ruby Receptionists were just phenomenal,” Baggett said. “We’re very pleased.”

Also, the foundation received a generous challenge gift from Reser’s Fine Foods.

When all was said and done, an estimated 1,900 community members and businesses made donations, Baggett said.

This is the 25th year the Beaverton Education Foundation has provided services in the Beaverton area. Over the years, the organization has funded nearly 1,300 staff-designed projects and programs using $4 million in community donations.

Those who still want to make a pledge can do so through the foundation’s secure website, beavertonedfoundation.org, or Facebook page. A quick text pledge will work as well by texting: 313131 and typing BEF (space) first name (space) last name (space) and the amount. Finally, a check can be mailed to: Beaverton Education Foundation, 3800 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 168, Beaverton 97006.