On September 21, 2022, RAFT hosted its annual fundraising event. This year’s event, CSI:RAFT, highlighted what resources are needed to have an engaging classroom. We had over 100 in-person attendees while 20 joined us online.
During the hybrid event, guests were able to learn more about RAFT, honor the people and organizations that have made a profound impact on the education community, and learn what RAFT is doing to support joy in learning.
We were able to raise over $350,000 for the 6,000 educators and 100,000 students we serve annually! Thank you for supporting CSI:RAFT!
Steve Rummell, RAFT Director of Partnerships, was the host of the evening. Helping Steve with the Fund-A-Need portion of the program was Sundi Sundaresh, RAFT Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and head of the Development Committee.
If you would like to watch the event again, visit raftspecialeventlive.com.
RAFT’s Impact in the Community
Educators and students spent another year adjusting to new learning experiences as schools fully went back to in-person learning.
Watch the video to learn more about our impact on the education community.
STEAM Teachers of the Year
RAFT was happy to honor 5 teachers as the STEAM Teachers of the Year. These educators were recognized by their colleagues and students for the profound impact they have on their community.
Watch the video to hear the inspiring stories of these educators!
RAFT Heroes of the Year
RAFT was pleased to honor Donna Whitney and Randy Pond as RAFT Heroes during the event. These heroes have supported RAFT because of their strong passion for educators and students.
RAFT Volunteers of the Year
RAFT would be nothing without our volunteers. Our volunteers help make our resources affordable and available to RAFT members.
We were happy to honor Jeffrey Fox, Lakshmi Avanasiappan & Aravind Saminathan as Volunteers of the Year.
RAFT Partner of the Year
RAFT is proud to honor the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation as our 2022 Partner of the Year Award recipient. The Synopsys Outreach Foundation is committed to igniting interest, nurturing potential, and empowering all students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For the past two years, the foundation has partnered with RAFT to deliver STEAM Project Kits, Maker Mobile visits, memberships, and professional development training.
Behind the event and our work is a dedicated staff making it all happen! See the team in action in this fun video!
Event Sponsors & Major Donors
We want to thank our event sponsors and major donors for their support of our event and our efforts.
Our special event was featured in The Mercury News.