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Scholarship fund in memory of St. Helena High School's Bruce Frank raises $30,000

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Beloved St. Helena High School counselor Bruce Frank died in January, but thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, his passion for helping students realize their dreams will live on for many years.

Bruce Frank

Counselor Bruce Frank in 2009 stops to answer St. Helena High School senior Hillary Hoppe’s questions about a response to one of her scholarship applications. With them in Frank’s ‘outdoor office’ is Lindsey Slatterly, right. 

Frank’s friends have raised about $30,000 for a scholarship fund that will be awarded annually to St. Helena students. Checks poured in during the weeks following Frank’s death, and a fundraiser at Grace Episcopal Church drew 100 people, including many of his former students, who came from as far away as Oregon.

Remembering Bruce Frank

Hundreds of St. Helena students, colleagues, parents and friends crowded into the Native Sons Hall on Saturday to remember St. Helena High School teacher, coach and counselor Bruce Frank, who died on Jan. 10, 2018.

“It’s mind-boggling how much this community responds to a need,” said Craig Bond, one of the organizers of the fund. “Once again, St. Helena rallies around its people.”

Organizers had aimed to raise $10,000 and offer a $1,000 scholarship each year for 10 years. But the $30,000 tally will allow them to extend that timeline, offer multiple scholarships each year, or do both. Frank’s wife Jill is working with high school counselor Terri Linder to set the criteria for the scholarship, said Bond.

Mr. Frank: "He was my rock"

Heidi Holzhauer, a student of Bruce Frank's between 1981-1985 recalled the many kindnesses, as well as the accomplishments of St. Helena High School teacher, counselor and coach, including the expansion of the high school scholarship fund. "In 2017, the fund awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to St. Helena seniors," she said.

Bond’s Jazz @ 7, made up of Frank’s former students, gave a rare performance at the Feb. 24 fundraiser. Oak Avenue Catering, Sunshine Foods, Elise Winery, Cook Family Vineyards and V. Sattui Winery donated food and wine for the event, which also featured donated wine that was left over from Frank’s Jan. 28 memorial service. Grace Episcopal Church provided the venue for free and handled the donations.

The fund is being organized by Craig and Carolyn Bond, Denise and Gene Armstead, Glenn and Gayle Cook, and Heidi Holzhauer.