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Foundation for Central Schools

Address, phone, and contact information

Mailing Address:  4605 N. Polk, Fresno, CA 93722

Phone: 559-274-4700; FAX: 559-271-8200


Board Members:

Joe Doyland, Chairman

Richard Atkins

Dr. Daniel Casey Gray

Devon Kizirian

Yvonne Sanchez, Vice-Chair

Mark G. Sutton

Taryn Yribarren

Wendy Yribarren


To donate to the programs funded by the Foundation for Central Schools, or purchase PayPal tickets for the Janessa Ramirez Scholarship Awards Dinner, please click on the button below:


To purchase Janessa Ramirez Scholarship Awards Dinner tickets through Eventbrite, please click on this LINK.

The Mission

The mission of the Foundation for Central Schools is to support student development by encouraging community investment and involvement in our four pillars of academics, athletics, agriculture and the arts.

Our major donors include: 

Janessa Ramirez Scholarship Awards Dinner

1st Annual  Janessa Ramirez Scholarship Awards Dinner

Yribarren Family Vineyards

12249 W. Nielsen Ave., Kerman, CA

 (4 miles west of Central High West)

5:30-11:00 pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • 5:30-6:30pm Local Wine Tasting Hour, donated by and featuring Yribarren Family Vineyards, Moravia Winery, LoMac Winery, and Engelmann Cellars

  • 6:30-8:00pm Dinner and Scholarship Honoree Presentation

  • 8:00-8:30pm Live Dessert Auction

  • 8:30-11:00pm Dancing with a DJ (No Host Wine and Beer Bar)

  • Cost: $50 per person and includes wine tasting hour, dinner by Rick Helm Catering, and dancing. 

  • Table Sponsorships: Scholarship Sponsor for $2500, Teddy Bear Sponsor for $1000, or tables of 10 can be reserved for $500.

  • Contact Wendy Yribarren at 285-6122 or Sonja Dosti at 274-4700 x63119

  • Tickets can be purchased by check or cash at the District Office--rooms 6 or 11, or with credit card through our PayPal link above, or this Eventbrite link.

To honor and remember Janessa Ramirez, a 4th grade Steinbeck student, who was killed in gang crossfire on January 18, 2015, the Foundation for Central Schools has adopted a scholarship program that will award six $2500 scholarships annually to deserving high school students who are furthering their education.

Ag Day

Autism Awareness Week

Holiday Joy

State of the District

Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids

Janessa Ramirez Scholarship

In 2015, Janessa Ramirez was standing in front of a laundromat with her mother when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang dispute. She was struck by a stray round fired from several hundred yards away and died on January 18, 2015.  She was a 4th grader from Steinbeck Elementary in Central Unified School District.

To honor and remember Janessa, the Foundation for Central Schools adopted the Janessa Ramirez Scholarship Program and is committed to awarding six $2500 scholarships annually.  During the 2015 State of the City address, Mayor Ashley Swearengin presented Stacey Ramirez with a Key to the City and announced Central’s new scholarship program in her daughter’s name.

If you would like to partner with the Foundation on this scholarship, please e-mail the Foundation President, Joe Doyland:  joed@myeecu.org 

News stories on the Janessa Ramirez Scholarship:

ABC30 clip on Janessa Ramirez Scholarship 2016

KSEE24 clip on Janessa Ramirez Scholarship 2016

Janessa Ramirez Scholarship

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