Costa Mesa’s Estancia TeWinkle Foundation Gala

The Estancia TeWinkle Schools Foundation, founded in 2003 from an endowment given by C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, provides additional funding to Estancia High School and TeWinkle Middle School. Both schools are well-known for providing quality education and programs for the youth of Costa Mesa. They are also the schools that many students in the Mesa Verde neighborhood attend. The organization supplies money to support academics, arts, activities, and athletic activities that are deemed positive for the schools.

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On May 15, the community will have a chance to support the Estancia TeWinkle Foundation at their annual dinner gala and auction. According to Jennifer Knapp, ETS Foundation President, “Our goal is to encourage the business, parent, neighborhood, and alumni communities to support and contribute to the Foundation, with the goal of growing our endowment.  With greater resources, we can do more to support academic excellence and student achievement.  The gala is a wonderful opportunity to bring those communities together and allow them to show their support.” 

The night is sure to be entertaining with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and more. The foundation will also be presenting awards to 2 distinguished alumni from Estancia High School. Who will be honored?

1. Wing Lam (Class of ’79): Lam runs Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, which has over 50 stores throughout the USA. He makes it a goal of the business to contribute to the community and society. Lam also supports many organizations, including the Surfrider Foundation, Children’s Hunger Fund, World Wildlife Fund, and Doctors Without Borders.

2. Kevin Sloat (Class of ’77): Sloat  is the principal and founder of Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, which is a successful full-service lobbying firm based in Sacramento. With nearly 25 years of experience in state government under his belt, he’s had the privilege of serving as deputy chief of staff and legislative secretary for former Governor Pete Wilson and as the top aid for longtime Orange County legislator Marian Bergeson.  Sloat has been a major contributor to important statewide programs in healthcare, children services, education, and transportation, as well as legislation for class size reduction. 

The purpose of the gala fundraiser is to support and further education at Costa Mesa’s Estancia and TeWinkle schools. It’s sure to be a memorable and worthwhile event. For more information about the gala dinner, please contact Kathy Esfahani at (714) 754-5451 or Jennifer Knapp at (714) 292-2662.  Tickets can be purchased at 

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