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Raising funds to enhance education in Basalt public schools

Through our annual fundraisers, the Taste of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, as well as generous corporate and community donations, we work directly with teachers and administrators to help the local elementary, middle and high schools deliver innovative, creative programming and experiences for every student.

Over the past 11 years, BEF has contributed nearly $500,000 to the Basalt schools to support outdoor education, technology, literacy, hands-on science, art, music, and many other relevant and enriching programs for students. However, the need for additional funding is constant. Colorado currently ranks 43rd in the United States in per pupil funding. Our state spends $9,020 per student each school year, which is $2,715 less than the national average.* With every donation we receive, we can continue to assist our local schools in providing students with the highest quality education possible.

BEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible per IRS guidelines. Our 16-member executive board includes school parents, business leaders and Basalt town staff.

*Education Week, Quality Counts 2015

  • "It is critical to update and replace grade level books in our collection if we are going to keep children interested in reading. Money from the Basalt Education Foundation is vital to 
keeping our library current"

    Suzanne Sherry
    Suzanne SherryBES Librarian

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We all know the best education for children isn’t solely reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. Your donation to the Basalt Education Foundation helps support enriching public-school programs that go well beyond textbook teaching.

Taste of BasaltSave the Date

The next Taste of Basalt fundraiser is set for November 7, 2015 at the Roaring Fork Club. Sample food from area restaurants; taste wine from local distributors; dance; bid on silent-auction items. A festive event!

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The 20th Annual Taste of Basalt fundraiser for Basalt public schools is set for November 7, 2015 from 6:00 to 11:00pm  at the Roaring Fork Club. Sample food from area restaurants; taste wine from local distributors; dance to DJ Mayfly; bid on silent-auction items.

This year tickets will only be available online. We encourage you to purchase early to ensure you will be able to attend. Last year we sold out and we expect to do the same again this year!

*** 21 & Over ***

Please note that half-price ToB admission tickets for teachers are available only through Basalt Elementary School Financial Secretary Kristen Boothe:, 384-5804

Tickets purchased at the door will be $125

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