Tribute to the Stars — Dance Into The Night


Culver stars hit the red carpet on Saturday night to attend Culver City Education Foundation’s (CCEF), Tribute to the Stars Annual Gala, held at the swanky Unici Casa on Jefferson Boulevard.

The evening was well-attended by Culver City leadership including Superintendent, Leslie Lockhart; Assistant Superintendent, Tracy Pumilia; city councilmembers, Alex Fisch, Goran Erikkson, Daniel Lee, and Meghan Sahli-Wells; and school board members, Anne Allaire, Kelly Kent and Summer McBride.

Culver City High School students welcomed event guests with displays of live art, live jazz, and a robotics exhibition, while El Marino Elementary School students performed Mexico’s dance tradition, Ballet Folklorico, led by El Marino first-grade teacher, Jayro Armenta.


Later, the festivities segued into the awards portion of the evening, hosted by CCUSD parent, Michael King, and newly installed CCEF Executive Director, Melanie Mack, who spoke of her honor and excitement for her new position, and expressed gratitude towards her predecessor, Leslie Adler, for her many years’ service. 


The gala event, which was focused on raising money to bring STEAM education for every student in the Culver City Unified School District, kept the donating fun with a live text-to-donate drive, raffles, and a silent auction. Donations from as little as $1 from “cheapskate,” to as large as $10,000 could be seen rolling across projector screens.

The evening concluded with DJ Kirk Enoch presiding over a dance floor where the who’s who in Culver City leadership showed off their moves until the lights came up.

Text to donate for this fundraiser is still open!


  1. Text to 41444
  2. Message: CCEF18 $XX (enter dollar amount)


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