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Thank you for making our 7th annual King & Queen of Hearts Campaign a success! The Royal Gala took place on Friday, February 7, 2020 and honored retired Superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp. All funds raised at the gala and throughout the campaign support the LAEF STEAM Initiative!


Thank you to our amazing sponsors scrolling above! They support education in our community and deserve your patronage!

Click HERE to view 2019-20 sponsorship flyer!
What?  LAEF accepts nominations and selects a King and/or Queen to honor and serve as the LAEF royal ambassador for the year!
The 2019-20 Royal Queen of Hearts is Dr. Sherry Kropp! Dr. Kropp retired as Los Alamitos Unified’s Superintendent in the Spring of 2019 after nearly 35 years of service to our community. Her ties to LAEF and the community are very strong and her support for Los Al Kids was endless. Kropp served as an advisor on the LAEF Board of Directors during her entire tenure as superintendent and was a huge advocate for LAEF within the community and with district staff. She worked closely with LAEF to establish the Summer Enrichment Institute and After-School programs and initiated the vision for LAEF’s free world language classes, which were launched in 2018. Kropp connected LAEF with many opportunities to ignite student group support, such as sending the LAHS Robotics Team at the Global Championships and supporting the LAHS Marching Band’s appearance in the London New Year’s Day parade. She is a founding member of LAEF’s Los Al Leadership Circle (LALC), the major donor group.

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When? Dr. Sherry Kropp was crowned Queen at the Royal Gala on February 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand in Long Beach (4101 E. Willow Street). Business formal attire is recommended. At 6:00, a pre-reception will be held for Los Al Leadership Circle members. Cocktails (complimentary champagne), appetizers, and the Silent Auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. A 3-course Dinner (including wine) and the Live Auction will begin at 7:45 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the evening.

Click HERE to view the 2020 Royal Gala Invitation!

Royal Gala ticket sales are now closed.

Why?  Proceeds from the campaign will continue to support STEAM project preparation classes, STEAM fairs on all campuses and the district-wide STEAM showcase, as well as elementary school Media Center Teachers and innovative STEAM opportunities at secondary schools. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math. The district-wide STEAM showcase will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in the LAHS Gym!

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Are you unable to attend the Royal Gala, but would still like to donate to support STEAM in Los Al? Click on the “Donate” button below. Thank you!



LAEF’s Past Royal Courts

LAEF’s 2018-19 Royal Court Couples! Paul & Jennifer Rohdenburg, Tony & Rachael DeMarco, George & Linda Sagen (2019 King & Queen) and Jim & Venus Belisle

LAEF’s 2017-18 Royal Court! Craig Chamberlain, Dan Brandt, Geoffrey King (2018 King), Karen Russell, Wendee Close (2018 Queen) and Amy Payne

LAEF’s 2016-17 Royal Court! Joe Maggiore, Kerrie DaVanon (2017 Queen), Brian Leibl (2017 King), Deb Machen, Ginny Ferguson, Tom Rowe, Erin Kominsky and Jeffrey Blancq

LAEF’s 2015-16 Royal Court! Matt Herrick (2016 King), Adriana Preciado-Ziegenbusch (2016 Queen), Diana Hill, Kiva Spiratos, Aaron Roberts, Gina Biri and Dr. Sean Braithwaite

LAEF’s 2014-2015 Royal Court! Shelley Hasselbrink, Joe Stilinovich, Tina Heeren (2015 Queen), Jeff Barke, Coralie Prince, Tom Lent (2015 King) and Annie Allen. Not pictured – Jim Klisanin

LAEF’s 2013 Royal Court! Vince Bodiford,  Diana Brunjes – Newton, Meg Cutuli (2013 Queen), Mike Tannourji (2013 King), Trisha Morris, Danny Salas and Justin Padilla