The Irvine Public Schools Foundation will host its annual Spirit of Excellence Gala & Auction this Saturday night and Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce, a product of IUSD schools, will be honored along with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell.
The City Manager’s job is often a thankless one in Irvine. Joyce has worked hard to build a strong team of professional staff that keep Irvine’s day to day operations running smoothly regardless of the changing policy decisions that emerge from the city council. Joyce is one of most guys who seems to remember everyone’s name, is always positive in interactions and is an expert juggler no matter how many objects are in flight. Unlike other city managers in other OC cities, Joyce steps up to the plate and accepts blame when something doesn’t go right. He’s isn’t perfect (are any of us), but he does a fine job of managing a city with so many diverse residents and so many demands. IPSF should be commended for honoring Joyce in this manner.
First held in 2010, the IPSF Spirit of Excellence Gala is THE event in Irvine to see and be seen. It has become a “must-attend” evening for the Irvine community, bringing together corporate, civic and community leaders in support of Irvine’s nearly 30,000 students in IUSD, TUSD, and SAUSD and has sold out each year its been held.
This year’s gala will be held at KIA Motors America and will feature a live performance by Rising Star Award recipients Yellow Red Sparks, and so much more. Every donation supports IPSF’s mission to enrich the educational experience of each child at every school.
Without the fabulous work of Neda Eaton, IPSF CEO, the event wouldn’t be the success it is. She is the brains behind IPSF’s visioning and direction, and handles the organization’s day-to-day operations in a tireless fashion. Everyone associated with Irvine schools from the administrators, school board, teachers, students and parents should be grateful that Eaton is on their team.