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The Vista Education Foundation is seeking nominations for the upcoming 2017 Heroes of Vista Gala.  Please utilize the above image link to access the nomination form.  All nominations are due by February 1, 2017.  Please contact VEF Board Member JoAnn Jones with any questions by e-mail at:  joannjoneslopez @

Otherwise, please click on the above image to submit your choice(s) for nomination!

April 16, 2016
5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
California State University San Marcos

2016 Gala Event


Join us for our 2016 Heroes of Vista Gala Dinner event on Saturday April 16, 2016 at Cal State San Marcos.  We will be honoring heroes from all walks of life as well as raising money for the Vista Education Foundation.

Tickets are $125/person, or table sponsorship is still available for $1,250.

Contact the Vista Chamber of Commerce to reserve your spot today:

(760) 726-1122

or click here for order form.



Heroes of Vista begins at 5:00pm.  We will be in the University Student Union at California State University San Marcos.

We will present 12 awards for:

 1. Educator of the Year for Arts

Kathy Olson, Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

2. Educator of the Year for Technology

David Ruiz Vista Innovation & Design Academy

3. Educator of the Year for Scholarships:

Kelly McKinney, Vista Unified

 4. Educational Administrator of the Year

Dr. Matt Doyle, Vista Unified

 5. Firefighter of the Year

Miles Sweeney

 6. Sheriff Deputy of the Year

Kai Bowman

 7. Military Veteran of the Year

Surprise To  Be Announced

 8. Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathy Issa

And, 12 finalists in four business categories:

 9. Small Business of the Year Finalists:

State Farms Insurance – Robert Franks Agency
181 Fitness
Pass-n-Go Smog Center

 10. Large Business of the Year Finalists:

Palomar College
Frazier Farms
Watkins Wellness

 11. Innovative Business of Year Finalists:

Solutions for Change
Classical Academy
Tideline Partners

 12. Business Person of the Year Finalists:

Brad Peterson, Edward Jones
Rick Guedes, Guedes Construction
Terry Woods,

December 10th Christmas Holiday Concert

Please support the Vista Education Foundation and enjoy a special evening at the Moonlight Amphitheatre having a Classic Christmas Concert with Chris Mann and special guest, Shoshana Bean!

For every ticket purchased, the V.E.F. will receive $15.

Here is a sample of what you’ll experience
at this event with Chris Mann:

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2015 A Night at the Moonlight
The Music Man