Education Foundation’s February 22 Benefit Will Auction Top 25 Student Art Works
Sarasota, Florida – February 19, 2013 – My Blue Heaven is the theme for Friday night’s gala at Michael’s On East, when the Education Foundation of Sarasota County’s Evening of Excellence kicks off with a reception at 6:00 p.m. More than 400 guests will enjoy an elegant dinner followed by a live auction of 25 pieces of original student art work, led by auctioneer Jimmy Dean.
Awards of $500 to $2,000 will be announced for each of the 24 winning students. Combining the generosity of art award sponsors with proceeds from the event, over $40,000 in monetary and in-kind donations will be awarded to the student artists, art teachers and high school art departments.
Media representatives are invited to cover the event during cocktail hour, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; please contact Laura Breeze at 941-927-0965 if you would like to do so.
2013 Student Awards and 2013 Evening of Excellence Sponsors lists are attached.
Evening of Excellence is not only an innovative art program but also an established Sarasota social gathering that raises significant funds each year, benefitting the 41,400 students in the public schools through the work of the Education Foundation. Since 1996, the program has raised more than $2,220,000 for Sarasota County’s public schools while raising awareness about the powerful role the arts can play in learning. Last year’s event grossed over $269,000, including a live auction total of $45,350.
This year’s theme is My Blue Heaven, inspired by an award-winning student work from last year. Taylor Collins chairs this year’s volunteer event committee. Honorary co-chairs are James and Susan Tollerton.
Masterpiece Sponsors are Bank of America and the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Maestro Sponsor is Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP. Connoisseur Sponsors include Jon F. Swift, Inc. / Swift Family Foundation, McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc., Tandem Construction and Willis A. Smith Construction.
Virtuoso Sponsors are Fawley|Bryant, Jeff and Cindy Kaiser, Internet Essentials by Comcast, Gilbane Building Company, Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos, P.A. and
Ringling College of Art and Design. Artiste Sponsors are Advanced Masonry Systems, Advanced Network & Services – Allan H. Weis & Robert Harris, Cavanaugh & Co., LLP, Florida Power & Light, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Harvard Jolly Architecture, Helios Education Foundation, Matthews Eastmoore, Sabal Trust Company, SCENE Magazine, Stantec, Sweet Sparkman Architects and Williams Parker. Invitation Sponsor is the Interior Design Society (IDS) Sarasota Chapter.
The student artists donate their winning art works, which are then elaborately framed by local galleries that donate their time, materials, and talent. Participating framers are Art & Frame of Sarasota, Collectors’ Gallery and Framery, Final Touch Frame and Gallery, Gulf Breeze Art & Framing, Gulf Gate Frame Center, Jessica’s Picture Framing, J.J. Arts Professional Framing, Kennedy Studios Graphics and Framing, Linda Marie’s Framing, Soicher Marin of Florida, Uptown Framers/Framers of the Arts and William Hartman Gallery.
The Evening of Excellence volunteer committee headed by Taylor Collins includes Cathi Bell, Sherry Burd, Carlotta Cooley, Jackie Cutrone, Libby Early, Jenny Hime, Susan Jackson, Marlene “Mollie” Johnson, Meg Mahoney, Helen Martin, Shelley McDaniel, Peg McKinley, Alix Morin, Hartley O’Brien, Janice Piedra, Jill Reich, Bonnie Risse, Elizabeth Rose, Dotti Sechrist, Brandy Solomon, Janey Swift, Catherine Swift Verly, Anita Zimmerman and Caroline Zucker.
Individual tickets are $200, $250 for patrons. For more information, call the Education Foundation at 941-927-0965 or see the web site at www.EdFoundation.net.
About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Dedicated to quality education for all children, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County was founded in 1988 as an independent, not-for-profit organization working in partnership with Sarasota County Schools and the community. With the support of individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and foundations, the Education Foundation awards more than a million dollars each year to initiatives that elevate our public schools to the top of Florida’s education system: teacher classroom grants, fine arts programs, scholarships and mentorships, Literacy for Life, the Texcellence Home Computer Donation Program and Digital Learning Labs, Teacher of the Year, Academic Olympics and the Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair. For more information visit EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.