Blue Rose Foundation
|Purpose||Education, literacy, poverty|
|Headquarters||Glen Ellen, California, U.S.|
The Blue Rose Foundation (BRF) is an American non-profit organization founded by media, tech executive, Joe Poletto. Based in Glen Ellen, California, it launched in 2014 and is primarily focused on providing scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families within the United States. As of 2019, Blue Rose Foundation scholarships have been distributed to schools in California, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
The Blue Rose Foundation was formed after a benefit concert was held at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma, California. The inaugural benefit concert honored Joe Poletto's longtime friend, Joe Capone, who passed away suddenly from cancer. This concert produced a $25,000 scholarship fund in Capone's name benefiting Sonoma's Old Adobe School. The fund produced five half-day, year-round preschool scholarships.
There have been 11 benefit shows since the foundation's launch in 2014. Artists that have performed at concerts include: John Oates, Steve Earle, Joan Osborne, Anders Osborne, Holly Williams, Bekka Bramlett, Jackie Greene, The Mother Hips, Steve Forbert, Mark Karan, Josh Joplin, Kelly Fitzgerald, Drew Harrison, Jason Crosby, Tim Gorman, Lorenzo Wolff, Mark Miller and Dead On Live, Nicki Bluhm, Nicole Atkins, The Coffis Brothers, Bailey Ingle, Cris Jacobs, Laura Reed, Elliott Peck, David Luning, Megan Palmer, and The McCrary Sisters.
As of 2019, the foundation has raised over $500,000 to help fund scholarships at six preschools across the U.S. Benefit concerts have been held at theaters including The Mystic Theater in Petaluma, California, The Fillmore in San Francisco, California, and The Count Basie Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The Blue Rose Foundation's mission is to provide equal access to educational resources that start children on an early pathway to success, and thereby further strengthen families and communities. By awarding preschool scholarships to children from economically disadvantaged families, The Blue Rose Foundation helps foster a life-long love of learning and provides children access to the tools to reach their full potential.
The foundation has one grant cycle per school, per year. and typically includes grants in the amount of $10,000. Over the years, the foundation has broadened its impact and continues efforts to fund grants to additional preschools.
List of BRF Grant Recipients
- Castle Preschool – Sebastopol Union School District
- Laurel Hill Nursery School
- Loaves and Fishes – The Mustard Seed School
- Monmouth Day Care Center, Inc
- Old Adobe School
- REACH School – Washington Primary School
- John Oates Performing at New York City Benefit to Fund Children's Preschool Scholarships at ABC News Radio; by Greg Voroblov; published 2016; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Jono Manson Joins John Oates, Nicki Bluhm & More for Blue Rose Foundation Benefit at Broadway World; published October 17, 2016; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Blue Rose Ball Benefit June 14, 2014 at SteveForbert.com; published 2014; retrieved March 10, 2020
- BLUE ROSE BALL FEATURING JOHN OATES, HOLLY WILLIAMS AND SPECIAL GUESTS at T Sisters; published 2015; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Jake Peavy Among Jackie Greene’s Guests At 4th Annual Blue Rose Ball at Jambase; by Scott Bernstein; published June 12, 2017; retrieved March 19, 2020
- John Oates, Holly Williams headline Blue Rose Ball at Sonoma News; published June 9, 2015; retrieved March 10, 2020
- The Mother Hips play benefit ahead of comeback tour at SF Gate; by Aidin Vaziri; published January 30, 2018; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Blue Rose Foundation Benefit at The Fillmore at Grateful Web; by Alan Sheckter; published June 19, 2018; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Charity pageant to help Blue Rose Foundation bloom at Phoenix Sun; published January 21, 2020; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Blue Rose Foundation Event with John Oates Raises $10,000 for the REACH Program at The Litchfield County Times; published December 8, 2016; retrieved March 19, 2020
- Castle Preschool; retrieved March 19, 2020
- John Oates, Nicki Bluhm, Jackie Greene & More Aboard For Blue Rose Benefit at Jambase; by Scott Bernstein; published October 11, 2016; retrieved March 19, 2020
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