SARASOTA, FL – December 4, 2013 – The Gettel Automotive Family of Dealerships will announce a new $25,000 gift to the Education Foundation of Sarasota County at the group’s 24th annual classroom grant awards reception tonight.
Gettel’s donation will underwrite Education Foundation Exploration Grants, giving students access to Southwest Florida’s premiere cultural and scientific treasures. Combined with other private contributions, Gettel’s support will help underwrite a record number of Education Foundation classroom grants to teachers for the 2013-2014 academic year, offering enrichment and experiential learning opportunities that will touch the lives of thousands of young people in Sarasota County schools.
“Educating our children is not just the responsibility of our school system but requires the support of a child1s family, friends and the support of the community at large,” said Gettel’s chief operations officer, Bob Bisplinghoff. “It also requires financial support from the business community and we are honored to partner with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County as a producing sponsor of its Classroom Grants Programs.”
Last year, Gettel Automotive contributed over $150,000 to local teachers in the communities in which the companies do business to recognize them for their hard work. According to Bisplinghoff, “This year, Gettel wanted to provide direct support to our children’s education and contribute in a manner that provides 100% matching funds from the State. We are very pleased to be able to meet that goal and give back to the community in the form of educational support.”
About 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 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 www.EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965.