(January 21, 2014) PALO ALTO, CA – Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE), the education foundation supporting Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) schools, announced today that it has received a $50,000 gift from Juliana Lee, a leading local realtor. Ms. Lee’s donation will be used in PiE’s final 2013-14 Challenge Grant this month to inspire others to give. Her donation will make a significant contribution to PiE’s fundraising campaign, which relies on support from parents, community members and businesses who value public education and want to ensure a high quality education for all children in Palo Alto.
“We are so grateful for Ms. Lee’s very generous support for a second year in a row,” said PiE President Terry Godfrey. “This unexpected gift will benefit all children in Palo Alto public schools by funding essential programs such as arts, counseling, aides, and hands-on science. And, making it part of PiE’s Challenge Grant will help inspire others to give.”
“I continue to believe in the importance of public education in Palo Alto and wanted to further my impact by donating to PiE’s Challenge Grant this year,” said Ms. Lee. “I see my role as both a supporter of PAUSD and a leader who can help inspire other businesses and families to get involved in PiE and help all Palo Alto students succeed.”
Ms. Lee’s gift puts her in the Community Benefactor Level, which is designated for business donors who give PiE $25,000 or more. PiE’s Business Partners Program provides signage and other public recognition to thank businesses that support public education in Palo Alto by donating between $500 and $50,000. To learn more, visit the Business Partners page on the PiE website.
PiE’s annual fundraising campaign, which ends on January 31, 2014, aims to raise $5 million to help fund much-needed staff and programs in the Palo Alto Unified School District, including teachers’ aides, visual arts, middle school electives and college counseling. Last year, more than 4,600 families, businesses, and community members together gave a record $4.9 million to Palo Alto schools through the PiE foundation. Ms. Lee’s gift will help match all donations to PiE that are received by January 31st.
About Juliana Lee, Realtor
Juliana Lee is a Palo Alto-based real estate agent with the firm of Keller Williams, who prides herself on giving back to the community she serves. Born in Taiwan, Ms. Lee holds both an MBA and a law degree. As an immigrant from China, Juliana has worked hard to master a new culture and provide a way for others new to the area to connect and thrive in Palo Alto. A member of Keller Williams’ Leadership Council and a top agent in Palo Alto over the past twenty years, Ms. Lee is also is an active member of the Northern California Taiwan Chamber of Commerce; the Stanford Chinese Association and the North American Chinese Realtors Association, and both the Palo Alto and San Jose Board of Realtors.
About Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE)
Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education foundation dedicated to supporting all Palo Alto public schools. PiE raises funds from parents, the school district, community members and businesses to ensure that all students in PAUSD have a high quality public education. Since PiE’s inception in 2004-05, it has donated more than $25 million to Palo Alto schools. To learn more or donate to PiE, visit the Partners in Education website.
Victoria Thorp, Palo Alto Partners in Education