|1982 Petaluma Educational Foundation incorporated September 30, 1982.|
|1983 PEF files first 990 Tax Return: Gross Receipts = $20,377
PEF Logo Contest winner announced: Jim Balshaw, Casa Grande High School.
|1984 First PEF Grants: $18,000 awarded in “mini grants” – limit $500.|
|1985 PEF Mission expanded to include all schools, including St Vincent’s schools.|
|1987 October 23: first annual Live and Silent Auction
Herman Sons Hall (tickets: $2.50 per person)
|1990 First scholarships awarded.
Invest in education launched with guarantee that 100% funds grants in schools.
|1992 Henris Family endowment established.|
|1994 March 15: Alphabet Soup Benefit Thrift Store opens
(joint venture with Petaluma Boys & Girls Club)
|1995 Travelling Lantern Theater Co. begins 12-year “Theater in Schools” program|
|1997 February 1: Alphabet Soup moves to 213 Western Avenue
May 18: First Annual Duck Race
|1999 PEF moves to current office at 200 Douglas Street
MacIlvain scholarship established with $1,000,000 gift from PHS teacher, Shirley MacIlvain
|2000 Arnold Scott estate leaves $800,000 to establish PHS and CGHS scholarships|
|2006 Million Dollar Bash celebrates first $1,000,000 given out in PEF grants|
|2007 Grant limit raised to $2000
Fund the future launched with 100% board participation
|2009 PEF assuumes sole ownership of Alphabet Soup|
|2010 Grant limit raised to $15,000 to create Major Impact Grants.|
|2011 T.E.C. Initiative launched
Alphabet Soup moves to new location and expands
|2012 Milestone reached: $2,000,000 grants; $ 2,000,000 scholarships|
|2013 Alphabet Soup Store opens second location in downtown Petaluma as Alphabet Soup @Home
2016 Milestone reached: over $3,000,000 awarded in PEF grants since the program began in 1983;
2017 Milestone reached: over $ 3,000,000 awarded in scholarships since the program began in 1990.