2nd Annual MEF Gala Was a Smashing Success!

On March 2nd, a sold-out crowd of 400 guests, including parents and educators from all campuses, community leaders, and philanthropists, all dressed in their Roaring 20’s finest, gave generously to enrich the education of every Millbrae student -- and then danced the night away!

It was an incredible night of fun, friends, giving, and gratitude, made possible by support from our generous sponsors, volunteers, and guests!

Now, we can further enhance programs for all students!

Thanks to our community’s generous outpouring of support, our 2019 MEF Gala generated net proceeds of $196,000 that will go directly to enhancing student education in Millbrae!

Our $68,800 Fund-a-Future for Social-Emotional Learning will help fund the implementation of SEL programming for all Millbrae students. The further $127,200 will maintain and expand STEAM and other existing programs!

As of today, our donation to MESD for 2019-2020 is $520,000 - and growing!

This total brings us within reach of our $650K fundraising goal for the year, which we will try to meet through the upcoming MEF Family Sports FUNDay (formerly Walk-A-Thon)!

  • Existing programs are now fully funded and being reviewed for enhancements (Annually, programs are reviewed by staff and revised to reflect current evidence-based educational practices).
  • Every single additional dollar raised by June 30th means more, broader, deeper programming for every Millbrae student!

How will our dollars make a difference?

Continue to enhance and GROW our STEAM core programming (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts--including music and other fine and performing arts--and Math).

With further support (including via MEF's Family Sports FUNDay (formerly Walk-A-Thon)):

  • MUSIC ALL YEAR at the elementary level through one additional full-time elementary music instructor position!
  • Exploration of an Enrichment Block (Supports to Classroom Teachers) to provide strategic leveled instruction (intervention; at grade level; beyond grade level)

Establish comprehensive SEL/Student Wellness Programming:

  • Comprehensive, Researched-Based SEL Curriculum and Instruction(District-Wide)
  • Signature Classroom/District Practices
  • SEL Support Roles to launch universal SEL programming for all students!
    • Expand School Counselor Program
    • Create SEL Support Aide Role
    • These essential roles in Millbrae School District will
    • Oversee and/or support SEL pilot, implementation, and evaluation
    • Design and support classroom instruction
    • Participate in some classroom lessons
    • Facilitate and/or support implementation of school-wide practices, including:
      • Playground social learning activities
      • Communications workshops
      • Diversity and inclusion programming
    • Assist with targeted interventions (lunch bunches, social groups, and individualized supports to identified students)
    • Provide coaching and consultation to classroom teachers as part of a professional development training series
    • Collaborate with school site teacher leads and parent leads to develop professional and parent education programming

As funding allows, using inputs from recent staff and parent surveys, MSD and MEF will explore funding additional programming enhancements to enrich education for EVERY Millbrae student

Special Thanks

On behalf of the MEF Board, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of the core volunteers who made this incredible event possible!

In particular, THANK YOU to our tireless Gala Co-chairs,​ Andrea Lee, Natalie Yang, and Tiffany Tisen, who made our second annual Gala an even more incredible event than the first!

THANK YOU to all of the incredible Lead committee members:

Lily Deer (Auction Lead) and Bonnie Woo (Online Donation Lead), Nancy Jweinat and Molly Osgood (Decor Leads), Phuong Kwan (Balloon Arch Lead), Jamie Casile (Volunteer Lead), Jen Wei (Wine Donation Lead), Nicole Mauro and Karen Bettucchi (Program Leads), Greg Ma (Graphic Design Pro) and Barry Tsai, Lesley Tay-Chung, and David Hom (Super Tech Team)

Together, we are building a very bright future for students in Millbrae - and this team has helped to make it possible. THANK YOU!

Want to be part of the MEF team?

We welcome any and all volunteers who would like to get involved withMEF, whether you can offer two hours per year or two hours per week, whether you love event planning or education theory! Please reach our Director of Volunteerism, Jamie, by filling out our online form! We’ll be glad to welcome you to the team.

Have questions about the Gala? Want to help with the Gala? We need volunteers!

Contact us at gala@millbraekids.org!






Access Uniforms & Embroidery

Bay Area Learning Academy

ePromos Promotional Products

Numis International, Inc.

Peninsula Health Care District

S.A.M. Singapore Math

Taqueria Angelica's

UTAP Printing


Happy Hall Schools

Learning Links Preschool

Lice Clinics of America

Millbrae Leo Club

Millwood Inn and Suites

Rod and Carla Pasion

Rotary Club of Millbrae

Sammy Yim (State Farm Insurance)

South San Francisco Scavenger Company


Dr. Urmi Amin, DDS MS

Image Auto Body Inc.

Hawaiian Drive Inn

Millbrae Chamber of Commerce

Nurture and Nature

Unlimited Potential Basketball




Craig Johnson and Deer Family


Bronzini Dental Group

Burlingame Soccer Club

Camp Brainy Bunch

Carmel Valley Ranch

Jason & Chelsea's Kitchen

John Collins: The Paper Airplane Guy

Lui Family

Personal Awards

Schumacher Photography

Stephanie Douglas and April Funientas

United Studios of Self Defense

Alice 97.3

America’s Tire

Asian Advantage

Barry's Bootcamp

Basecamp Burlingame

Chuang Family

Dr. Nicolas Bronzini

Devereaux, Kuhner & Co. LLP

Green Hills Country Club

Mathnasium Burlingame

Mused Refined

Rush Cycle Millbrae

Sailing Memo Boat Charters

Stanford Athletics

Steve & Kate's Camp

Tech Rocks

The Grand SF

A Perfect Line Permanent Cosmetics

Accel Gymnastics

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

Avid4 Adventure


B Street and Vine

Balanced Hart

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bikram Hot Yoga & Pilates San Mateo

Bob and Carole Rodinsky

California Academy of Sciences

Calistoga Ranch

Camp Edmo

Camp Galileo

Chabot Space

Champion Summer Camp

Classic Kids Photography

de Young Museum


Destination Science

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dr. Alan Marcus

Duckhorn Vineyards


Four Seasons Palo Alto

Generalao Family

Gloria Ferrer

Golden State Warriors


Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Hiller Aviation Museum

Hilton Hotel SFO

Hobee's California Restaurants

Hwang Family

i9 Sports


Jackson and Cynthia Wan

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Jenny Siu


King's Swim Academy

La Petite Baleen Swim Schools

Lai Lai Restaurant

Laser Quest San Carlos

Lawrence Hall of Science

Legion of Honor

Leonardo's Italian Deli and Cafe

Lucky Supermarket

Millbrae Gyros & Kebabs

Millbrae Meadows Swim Club

Millbrae Park and Rec

Musa Family

Music at Kohl Mansion

Oakland Zoo

One Martial Arts

Oriental Trading Company

Papa Murphy’s

Pet Food Express

Pier 39

Planet Granite - Belmont

Play-Well Technologies


Project Zen

Rec Room Creative

Ricky Jones

Rockin' Jump

Rooster & Rice

Safari Run

Salon Mia Bella Boutique Burlingame

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco Electric Tour Company

San Francisco Opera

San Jose Giants

San Mateo CSI

San Mateo Sheriff's Office

Science Center

Shama Thai Massage

SHN Golden Gate Theater

Sibby's Cupcakery

Sixteen Mile House

Sky High Sports

Spark of Creation

Sports Basement


Stella Alpina Osteria

Suji Chang


Urban Putt


Vivian Chu

Winchester Mystery House

Wizbots Robotics Camp

Worldwide Integrative Health Care

Yang Family

Yee Family

Yu Family