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Drive For Schools Launches Wednesday, September 7

Tickets Now Available for Santa Cruz County’s Largest Fundraiser Supporting Local Schools

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2022

Contact: Kris Reyes
(831) 333-6966
[email protected]

Santa Cruz, CA – Drive for Schools, Santa Cruz County’s largest fundraiser benefiting local schools, launches its 18th year on Tuesday, September 7. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Drive for Schools features a grand prize of $25,000 and includes five additional $1,000 cash prizes. Local businesses have also donated over 100 valuable prizes for this year’s event.
The public can purchase tickets from hundreds of volunteers representing over 75 participating local schools. Tickets are on sale Tuesday, September 7 through Sunday, October 16. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for 6. Winners will be selected at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Sunday, October 23. Attendance at the drawing is not required in order to win.

Since its inception in 2005, Drive for Schools has raised over $8 million for Santa Cruz County schools. In 2021 participating local schools raised over $744,000. Money raised from Drive for Schools helps participating schools fund sports teams, arts programs and purchase much needed school supplies.

“Drive for Schools is the premier fundraiser for local Santa Cruz County schools,” said Kris Reyes, Boardwalk spokesperson. “Participating schools keep every dollar they raise and decide for themselves how best to spend the much-needed funds. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is proud to support this exciting event and we look forward to our best year of fundraising ever.

Participating schools keep all the money they raise selling tickets, with no overhead costs to them. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, in partnership with many generous local businesses, provides all the necessary materials including tickets, posters, prizes, and support needed to be successful.

“Drive for Schools helps fund essential services and programs for our students,” said Renee Golder, Bay View Elementary School Principal. “The money raised for Drive for Schools is critical and we are thrilled to participate in this valuable program. We are grateful to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the many local businesses that help make this program such a huge success.”

Visit for a list of participating schools, prizes and ticket information.


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