Celebrate Carlsbad Day Event Raises $102,000

The eighth annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day held at LEGOLAND® California on Saturday, May 14th was a tremendous success, raising $102,000 for the Foundation. LEGOLAND California donated $72,000 of the total funds raised to help fund weekly music instruction for every elementary school student in the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) in the 2011-12 school year.

“This year’s Celebrate Carlsbad Day was another phenomenal success, enabling us to raise enough support to fund a weekly music program across nine schools for nearly the entire first semester of the upcoming school year,” said Valin Brown, chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “This means that more than 5,000 local students will continue to benefit from weekly music instruction as a regular part of their public education. This simply would not be possible without the tremendous generosity of LEGOLAND California and our other corporate partners that care deeply about public education.”

“Celebrate Carlsbad Day offers an opportunity to provide all Carlsbad residents the opportunity to enjoy the Park for a day and support a strong, local educational system that prepares students for the future” said Peter Ronchetti general manager of LEGOLAND California Resort. “At LEGOLAND California, we believe strongly in the value of education,” he added. “We are absolutely thrilled to demonstrate our continuing commitment to our local Carlsbad schools by hosting the annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day event.”

Entertaining student performances took place from 3 to 5 p.m., interspersed with special recognition of the event’s major donors. The proceedings were taped by CHS broadcasting students before a live audience on LEGOLAND California’s Fun Town Stage as the Kids Are Worth A Million™ telecast. Click Here to watch the video online!

Major donors participating in the event included Barnhart Balfour Beatty Inc., Life Technologies, Tri-City Medical Center, Lexus Carlsbad, Toyota Carlsbad, Gafcon and Sunwest Bank. Other significant donations included the Carlsbad Firefighter’s Association, the Carlsbad Police Officers Association, The Lund Team, Hoehn Motors, Team Van Siclen of Homelife Life Village Realtors, the Optimist and Kiwanis Clubs of Carlsbad and Waste Management.