CEF Announces Annual “Celebrate Carlsbad Day” at LEGOLAND

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Announces Annual ‘Celebrate Carlsbad Day’ at LEGOLAND®

Celebration to be held at LEGOLAND ® California on Saturday, May 14

Carlsbad, Calif. – See the new STAR WARS™ Miniland and the new LEGO® Hero Factory at the eighth annual “Celebrate Carlsbad Day” at LEGOLAND California, to be held Saturday, May 14th in support of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation.

This yearly “pep rally for education” offers an opportunity to highlight the importance of a strong, local educational system and an appreciation for what it means to live and work in and around Carlsbad.

Specially priced $20 “Celebrate Carlsbad Day” tickets include admission to LEGOLAND beginning at 1:00 p.m., extended park hours and a special fireworks display at 8:15 p.m. Student performances will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., interspersed with recognition of local dignitaries and corporate donors. The proceedings will be taped before a live audience on the LEGOLAND Fun Town Stage as part of this year’s Kids Are Worth A Million™ telecast.

LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation in support of weekly music instruction for every elementary school student in the Carlsbad Unified School District throughout the school year, which the Foundation committed to funding in 2009.

“We are grateful for our special partnership with LEGOLAND California,” said Valin Brown, chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “Since LEGOLAND opened its gates in Carlsbad in 1999, this award-winning family venue has consistently embraced the Foundation’s efforts to raise much-needed funds for the Carlsbad schools, from computer labs to district-wide music education. LEGOLAND’s commitment to education and their partnership with the Foundation has made a tremendous impact on our community and we couldn’t be more appreciative.”

The event provides a unique opportunity for CUSD students to perform at a special venue and the Foundation to recognize its partnership with LEGOLAND and the support of its corporate donors, all in front of a live audience. “Celebrate Carlsbad Day” offers an incredible opportunity for the general public to visit LEGOLAND at a fraction of the normal cost on this special day.

Major donors to the event include LEGOLAND® California, Barnhart Balfour Beatty, Life Technologies, McCarthy Construction, Gafcon, Sunwest Bank, Toyota Carlsbad, Tri City Medical Center, The Lund Team, Hoehn Motors and Team Van Siclin – Homelife Village Realtors.

“Here at LEGOLAND California, we believe strongly in the value of education and supporting our local community,” said Peter Ronchetti, general manager of LEGOLAND California Resort. “We are absolutely thrilled to host the annual “Celebrate Carlsbad Day” and support the efforts of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation to raise funds for our local schools.”

Tickets for the event are available only in advance through the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and local ticket sales outlets. Tickets can be purchased at all Carlsbad Unified schools, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce (5934 Priestly Drive), Carlsbad Visitors and Convention Bureau (400 Carlsbad Village Drive), US Bank (2520 El Camino Real), Lola’s 7 Up Market & Deli (3292 Roosevelt St.), Sunwest Bank (499 North El Camino, Suite C-100 Encinitas), Oceanside Boys & Girls Club (401 Country Club Lane), Vista Boys & Girls Club (410 W. California Ave), and the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (5631 Palmer Way, Suite L).

To buy these specially priced $20 tickets or for more information, please call (760) 929-1555.

About LEGOLAND® California

LEGOLAND® California Resort has a lot that’s new to make your visit the most memorable ever. LEGOLAND California already features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. An all-new STAR WARS™ Miniland display area is now open, with scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS™ movies and one from STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS™. The Resort is also home to the world’s first LEGOLAND Water Park, which opens the all-new Splash Zoo on May 27. And don’t miss Octopus Garden at SEA LIFE™ Aquarium, where you can discover the amazing world of Cephalopods. For Resort information, call (760) 918-LEGO or visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

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About the Carlsbad Educational Foundation

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1983 to raise private support for public education and the enrichment of nearly 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. CEF develops, conducts and finances innovative, quality educational programs and projects. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed nearly $5 million in funds to Carlsbad schools, primarily for science, technology, arts and reading. In 2010 alone, the foundation released nearly half a million dollars in support of K-5 music programs, hands-on science, and educationally innovative programs. CEF also operates a Summer Enrichment Program as well as Kids’ Care, a comprehensive before- and after-school childcare program. For more information, visit www.carlsbaded.org.