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Hermosa Valley Principal Kim Taylor; Carla Persell, former president of Hermosa Beach Education Foundation; and Superintendent Pat Escalante, pictured together at Hearts of Hermosa, the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation's biggest fundraiser, in 2018.

The Hermosa Beach Education Foundation raises more than $1 million annually in large part to its biggest fundraiser, Hearts of Hermosa, which raised more than $280,000 in 2018, and takes place this year on Saturday, March 23.

Music by DJ Daisy O'Dell, an auction, drinks, dinner and dancing are some of the highlights of the event, which tickets are currently on sale, taking place at the Hermosa Beach Community Center from 6 to 11 p.m.

"Hearts of Hermosa is such a special event for HBEF for so many reasons,” said HBEF President Carol Reid Kluthe, who took over the leadership role last summer. “It brings in about $250,000 each year which goes towards our annual fundraising goal of $1.2 million, but just as important, the event brings together our parents and beloved community under one roof for what I think is one of the best parties of the year.”

Hearts of Hermosa is a volunteer-run event. Funds raised by Hearts of Hermosa go entirely towards curriculum-based programs throughout Hermosa Beach classrooms, from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Single tickets are $175 or $350 for couples.

For more information, visit hbef.org. To purchase tickets, visit e.givesmart.com/events/bZo/.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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