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BHEF Apple Harvest Faire Draws Hundreds

Families, students and businesses participate in the annual Beverly Hills Education Foundation fundraiser Sunday.

Hundreds of residents came out on a beautiful sunny day for the sixth annual Apple Harvest Faire, held Sunday on the Beverly Hills High School front lawn.

The event is an annual fall fundraiser for the nonprofit Beverly Hills Education Foundation, which supports all five city schools. The fair includes game booths, rides, gift draws and entertainment, with local families and businesses sponsoring many of the booths.

More rides were available this year after long lines last year. For the first time, game booths were set up on the upper level of the BHHS lawn. Entertainment was provided by local band Rod Lightning and the Thunderbolts of Love.

An especially popular event was the dunking booth, where players threw a ball at a target with the goal of submerging a local personality. Board of Education members and were among those who took a turn at the booth, as did board candidate .

“That was fun,” said Horace Mann student Seth Pizzurro, whose throw dunked Margo.

Owners of several businesses, whose sponsorship is a key source of fundraising for the fair, said the event helped them raise their profile.

“This is a great promotion for us—we are selling a ton of pizza,” said Adam Goldberg, owner of , which opened five months ago on South Beverly Drive. His restaurant was donating 100 percent of the day’s profits to the BHEF. “Fresh Brothers likes to open where there is a strong community. That is the case here in Beverly Hills.”

Representatives of restaurant were at the fair selling salads and desserts. Owner Peter Garland, a parent of two El Rodeo students, said it was his third year participating in the event.

“I am quite happy with today’s sales,” he said.

The four K-8 schools used the fair to promote community service. At the PTA Council booth, students from Hawthorne and El Rodeo made about 1,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be donated to a local shelter, while students from Beverly Vista and Horace Mann knitted 75 hats for cancer patients.

BHEF President Annette Saleh told Patch that she was happy with the turnout for the day. The organization should know later Monday how much money was raised this year.

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