Falcon Royale's Triumphant Return

The energy in the ballroom at the Pleasanton Hilton this past Saturday was electrifying for Foothill’s first Falcon Royale gala in more than six years. The event grossed more than $110,000 for both academic and athletic programs.

This year's gala was co-sponsored by the Foothill Academic & Activities Booster Club and the Foothill Athletic Boosters to benefit all Foothill students. Click here for dozens upon dozens of fantastic photos from the evening's festivities.

The booster groups held a successful teaser event, Denim & Diamonds, in the spring, which proved there was enough support to re-launch the annual Falcon Royale event.

“I just want to say how impressed and appreciative I am regarding (the) efforts toward what I perceive as nothing short of a huge success with Falcon Royale," Pleasanton resident and businessman Joe O’Loughlin said. "It’s one thing to carry the torch and continue on a tradition or annual event, but to resurrect/re-invent an enormous fundraising endeavor without a blueprint to follow is quite an undertaking.”

The booster groups have raised $165,000 in 2012 with the help of our community sponsors -- Heart of the Valley Pediatric Cardiology, Hilton at the Club, E*Trade Financial, Olympic Orthodontics, DeBernardi Development, Better Homes & Gardens Realtor Cindy Gee and Alain Pinel Realtor Julia Murtagh, plus donations from many local and Bay Area businesses and families.

The 2012 Falcon Royale kicked off with an online auction three weeks before the live event, allowing everyone within the community to participate and bringing support from across the nation. The live event featured an elegant dinner, fun casino games and lively dancing, along with silent and live auction items.  Some of the most sought-after items were a package for a VIP courtside experience to this year's Foothill vs. Amador basketball game and amazing desserts created by our own Foothill students.

Event co-chairs Donna Truex and Brenda McFarlane were delighted by the support and results, and encouraged by the number of people already talking about attending the 2013 Falcon Royale.

“I personally had a great time seeing old friends and making new (friends) and generally seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who took the time to enjoy our community and support our kids," parent Katrina Edwards said. "This can be nothing but a huge step in the right direction. Here’s to 2013.”

Special thanks to the many wonderful people in the Foothill community who so wholeheartedly supported the Falcon Royale.

PHOTOS: A sampling of some of the popular auction items and baskets from the Falcon Royale gala. The extravagant cake fetched an incredible $700 at the live auction.
Photos courtesy of Katrina Edwards.

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012