Last year we got to see Toy Story 3 at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California, as part of a fundraiser for Emery Ed Fund. It was a magical night, and it was great to support such an important cause. The Emery Ed Funds helps schools (and students and families) in the city of Emeryville. This event is their major source of funding, and they had been doing it for several years.
I’m not sure exactly what happened, but we were pretty surprised not to receive information about this year’s event. It turns out that it didn’t happen. And as you can imagine, the organization is scrambling.
Part of me thinks that because the movie Cars 2 is not up to the caliber of Pixar’s previous movies, they opted not to do the fundraisers this year. Of course, I don’t know that other organizations were not invited. I do know that it seemed like most of the people who got to see the film in advance were mommy bloggers, as most will write glowing reviews to ensure they are invited to the events Disney hosts throughout the year.
We sent a check as Emeryville is the closest thing I have to a home. Plus, I believe that education is key to changing the world. It doesn’t help that Emeryville’s neighboring city, Oakland, is considering closing 14 of its library branches and limiting hours of the remaining to three days per week. You can learn more about Saving Oakland Libraries here. And if you would like to donate to the Emery Ed Fund, here is their donation page.
p.s. News is reporting that California budget that is passing will cut 23% from the University of California and Cal State systems budgets. If you are looking at colleges (especially state schools), check out this site that compares tuition and also how had data about how much state funding per student has changed over the past few years.