Westerlay Orchids raised $21,335 in 2023 for the Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF) during its week-long fundraiser in the Carpinteria showroom.

“We care about this community, and giving back to CEF and local schools has been one of our favorite ways to express appreciation for Carpinteria,” said Toine Overgaag, Westerlay Orchids owner/president.

“Supporting these students in an impactful way is something we look forward to doing every year,” he said.

Money raised during the fundraiser will help fund Career Technical Education resources for Carpinteria Union School District (CUSD) families in need through the nonprofit CEF.

This four-part practical education program comprises FFA, culinary arts, CNC (computer control of machining equipment), and engineering principals.

For more than 25 years, CEF has been dedicated to the academic success of Carpinteria and Summerland students. CEF partners with local schools to provide scholarship opportunities and other essential resources to the local youth.

CEF also offers students skill-building in science and technology, language arts, humanities, culinary arts, and agriculture. 

The Westerlay Showroom is at 3504 Via Real, Carpinteria. For more, visit www.WesterlayOrchids.com.