Thank you, Birthday Benefactors!

The BEF would like to thank a very special group of people, this year’s Birthday Benefactors! By making an additional contribution to the Black and White Birthday Bash, our Benefactors helped us raise even more funds for creative and innovative programs at all four Bedford schools. Thank you so much for your support!

Thank You, Silent Auction Donors!

Today we thank our MANY incredible Silent Auction donors! The Silent Auction has long been a cornerstone of the BEF Bash, adding amazing items and services, and a little friendly competition, to the evening. The Black and White Birthday Bash was no exception! We could not raise the funds we do without this fun and signature element of the event. Thank you to all of our donors for your generosity and support!

Thank You, BEF Black and White Birthday Bash Sponsors!

The BEF Bash Committee has been busy this week wrapping up the party of the year, so keep an eye out for a few more words of gratitude and the final word on this amazing event. Today, we thank our incredible sponsors for supporting us. It cannot be overstated that without these local business partners, the Bash, and therefore the wonderful initiatives the BEF supports, would not be possible. Please remember to support local businesses who support our schools. Thank you for joining us this year!

Thank you, Bedford!

The BEF Black and White Birthday Bash was 100% worth the wait! More to come soon, but for now we say THANK YOU! Thank you for coming out, and thank you for dancing, bidding, and partying the night away to support our schools. What an AMAZING crowd we had to celebrate our birthday, thank you all!

BEF Black and White Birthday Bash FAQs

This is it, Bedford! The biggest party of the year that supports our schools! The Bash is Back for real in 2023. We are celebrating 15 years of the BEF with a Black and White themed Birthday Bash, and we can’t wait! Please read on. This is your chance to help us raise funds to support innovation and creativity in the Bedford Public Schools, you DO NOT want to miss it!

When and where is the event?                                                                    

The BEF Black and White Birthday Bash is on Saturday, March 4th, from 7:00-11:00pm. We are excited for our new venue, the Café Escadrille in Burlington. We will be in the main ballroom and lovely parlor area. From Bedford, take exit 51A for US-3/S towards Winchester off of Rt.128 North. The Café Escadrille is located approximately 1/2 mile down on the left. The far parking lot is the one for functions.

How much are tickets and where do I get them?

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online on this site – (or see post below) through Wednesday, March 1st. You can also purchase a “Birthday Benefactor” sponsorship if you so choose for $250, which includes two tickets and entry into a special raffle at the event. If you don’t buy your tickets by the deadline, tickets will be available for $60 at the door.

When should I buy tickets?

NOW! If you are planning on going, we encourage you to buy tickets now if you haven’t already. It will really help us in planning how much food to provide, AND it saves you money!

What should I wear?

Good question! There are no requirements here. While traditional “black and white” galas are typically formal, you know the BEF does things a little differently! Sure, you can go black tie if you like, but you can also wear a cow onesie. Our motto is, “dress up or dress down, as long as it’s black and/or white” (see below). ANYTHING GOES – it’s just a party! Trust us, a good time will be had by all no matter what you are wearing!

Will I need cash?

The bar accepts cash as well as credit cards. For door tickets, as well as our fabulous Silent Auction, the BEF will accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.

Will there be food?

Yes! We will provide a selection of stationary and passed appetizers throughout the evening.

Will there be music?

Yes! We have once again secured the amazing DJs from Fine Tune Entertainment for the event, so bring your requests! The dance floor will be ready!

Do I have to be a Bedford resident to attend?

No. If you have friends and family who are interested in a fun night out and supporting our schools, bring them along. The more the merrier!

Is this a family event?

No. This event is adults-only.

What are you raising funds for anyway?

Great question! The Bedford Education Foundation, established in 2008, provides grants to support innovation and creativity at all four of Bedford’s Public Schools. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we need YOUR HELP to continue being able to support such wonderful grant programs. Find out more about us at

What if I can’t go to the Bash, but I’d still like to support the BEF?

Thanks! You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Bedford Education Foundation here.

I have a question about your event. Who should I contact?

Send an email to BEF President Jen Kelley at and she will be happy to answer any questions.

We hope to see you there!

The BEF Black and White Birthday Bash Planning Committee

Jen Kelley

Cindy Tulimieri

Gretchen Kind

Audrey Gould

Jenn Hagan

Elena Pellegrino

Melissa Stevens

Ashlee Santerre

Christine Smith

Jana Magnus

Christine McLellan

Ana Gonzales



Save the Date! The Bash is Back!

Happy New Year! We are very excited to announce that the Bash is back in 2023! The BEF is celebrating 15 years of funding creative and innovative initiatives in Bedford’s schools, and we’re throwing ourselves a Black and White themed Birthday Bash. Do not miss the biggest night of the year for our schools! More details to follow soon, but you know it will be an evening to remember with lots of fun in store. For now, mark your calendars for Saturday, March 4th!

Summer Grant Awards Announced!

The Bedford Education Foundation is proud to announce the funding of five grants in our Summer 2022 grant cycle, totaling $6,200. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients! To date, the BEF has funded more than $300,000 towards creative and innovative projects in the Bedford Public Schools. Thank you to our community partners and supporters for making this impact possible!