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The Vision & the Visionary:
A Night to Celebrate Science & Service

Saturday, November 17, 2018
5:30 p.m.

International Agri-Center Building C, 4500 S. Laspina St., Tulare

UC Merced / SCICON Field Station

RSVP to attend the November 17 event

Join us Saturday, November 17, for a dinner fundraising event supporting the creation of the new UC Merced/SCICON Field Station. The long-imagined field station is being developed as a partnership between the university and the Tulare County Office of Educationís acclaimed outdoor education program as a research site for UC scientists to study the unique ecological issues of the Central Valley. In addition, the field station will engage students and educators at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in research and career development.

Jim Vidak Retirement Celebration Jim Vidak, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools

The November 17 event will also serve to honor Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak – whose vision it was to create the field station – for his 57 years of service to the students of Tulare County.

Tickets are $75 per person.

RSVP to attend the retirement celebration.

Included in the evening's events will be

  • social hour with farm-to-fork hors d'oeuvres created by Mitch Vanagten, executive chef at UC Merced (including a no-host bar)
  • delicious dinner catered by Ruiz Catering
  • variety of entertainment
  • live auction, featuring
    • 1969 Chevrolet El Camino - view details
    • 1960 Chevrolet Apache Pickup - view details
    • 1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe 2-door sedan - view details
    • 2009 Maserati Quattroporte S 4-door sedan - view details
    • use of a beautiful condo on Maui for 7 days - view details
      - transportation not included
    • ... plus more
  • chance raffle, hosted by the Tulare County Office of Education Foundation, featuring items valued at $200+, including Fresno State Football tickets, jewelry, Yeti cooler, French Bordeaux wine, art lessons, a variety of gift certificates, and more.
  • wine raffle, hosted by the Tulare County Office of Education Foundation

View the invitation.

Learn about other ways to support this event.

View and print your RSVP Response Card. Please mail with payment by October 29.


All proceeds from the eveningís events will be used to develop the UC Merced/SCICON Field Station.

Business casual or Western attire is suggested.

For more information, e-mail fieldstation@tcoe.org or call (559) 733-6302.




Tulare County Office of Education
UC Merced / SCICON Field Station
fieldstation@tcoe.org
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 · · phone: (559) 733-6302 · · fax: (559) 627-5219