Petaluma-area students are more than $174,000 better off this week due to the generosity of Petaluma Community members and the organization of the Petaluma Educational Foundation.

PEF’s Bourbon Street BASH, held last weekend, raised $174,782 in paddle pledges with all proceeds going to benefit Petaluma-area schools.

Additional revenue from auctions, raffles and other events is still being tallied.

All that, and people had a great time socializing, eating and dancing.

There is still an opportunity to help by purchasing tickets to the Buy-In Party at the Burning Man Design Space on East Washington Street.

Resident sculptor Kevin Clark and artistic muse Michelle Ramatici will host a party to celebrate installations made famous at Burning Man in Black Rock City on Nov. 2.

Attention now turns to putting the money raised to good use. Applications for schools to apply for a PEF Impact Grant are due no later than Oct. 1. To download an application, visit and click grants.