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Institute for Educational Advancement Celebrated Milestone at 20th Anniversary Celebration

Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 1:27 pm

The nonprofit Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) hosted its Celebrating Heart & Fostering Hope: 20th Anniversary Celebration fundraiser event at the Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The organization commemorated this milestone by celebrating its work serving gifted children and raising support for its mission to ensure that each gifted child’s specific needs are met so that they can reach their full intellectual and personal potential.
As part of the program, the event honored the IEA Senior Fellows (Patricia Gatto-Walden, Michael M. Piechowski and Stephanie Tolan) and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Both of these groups have been instrumental to the founding and continued success of IEA. The program celebrated their contributions, as well as the success of IEA’s students, both past and present. The was also a program of alumni and current student speakers.
The evening featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, live auction, trivia, photo booth, and program. Live music was performed by IEA students during the cocktail hour and the evening concluded with a professional DJ, dancing and a dessert buffet. Guests also had the opportunity to meet current IEA students volunteering their skills for the celebration.
Funds raised at the event will go toward growing and expanding IEA’s programs and services for gifted students and their families both locally and nationally. This includes providing scholarships to families in need, in order to ensure that no gifted child has financial barriers to meeting their full potential.
The Institute is dedicated to the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of our nation’s gifted and high-potential youth. Central to the mission of IEA is a commitment to the development of the whole child through engaging educational experiences that promote optimal challenge, mentorship, exploration of ideas, and recognition of personal potential. IEA seeks to connect like-minded individuals through dynamic and engaging year-round programming.
For more information on IEA’s programs and service for gifted youth, visit

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