For nearly 24 years, the Public Education Foundation Gala gathers hundreds to raise money for students and programs.

“It’s one of the biggest social events of the year, people really look forward to it,” said President Kirsten Searer.

But this year the pandemic is forcing it to a halt.

“It’s been really scary this year,” said Searer. “It’s always the biggest fundraiser of the year. It helps us sustain all the programs we have.”

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