Community “Sips” for its schools

Photo Leslie Rockitter. GOOD CAUSE—Chris Richardson, left, CCEF Administrator alongside Leslie Adler, CCEF Executive Director; Marci Shulman, CCEF Sip Co-Chair; Cathi Green-Bratton, CCEF Sip Co-Chair and Judy Blake, CCEF President.

Food, music by the CCHS AVPA Jazz Combo and nice weather made for an fun evening for everyone in attendance at this year’s Sip For Our Schools event.

This year’s event was hosted by Rachlin Partners, a fully integrated architecture, planning, interior design, program management and construction management organization, whom also provided valet parking, the PR for the event and the photographer as well.

“They came to me a year ago and called me before Sip for Our Schools and said they wanted to be involved with the school district,” Culver City Education Foundation Executive Director Leslie Adler said. “They were one of our sponsors for our Tribute to the Stars event. It has been great. When they invited me to come to their space I was impressed and kept it in mind.”

The evening’s estimated 200 attendees enjoyed the firm’s rather new location, a renovated 1928 masonry building and former shoe polish factory, which is the work place for 25 employees. For founding partner Michael Rachlin Culver City was the perfect location to operate his business.

“Culver City to me is a small town inside the big city of L.A. and I prefer that,” Rachlin said. “Even on the weekends I prefer the local restaurants. To me it feels a little more, small town and I don’t feel lost. It is my gotop place.”

From the day that Rachlin reached out to the Culver City Education Foundation, both have been working together to enhance the educational experience for the district’s students. Sip For Our Schools is in its sixth year and has been growing since the first event was hosted at a CCEF board member’s home.

“I knew that year that based on the amount of people that attended, that we would have to find another space; it was so well received,” Adler said. “It started out as a chance to kick off the new school year and have a chance for everyone to get together and spend time together. Every year it has grown and while our goal is to raise money, this event is for everyone to come together and have good time.”

Photo Leslie Rockitter
Photo Leslie Rockitter