Education Foundation’s February 28 Benefit To Auction Top 25 Student Art Works
More than 400 guests will be spending An Evening in Paris next Friday night, without leaving the shores of Southwest Florida.
The 19th annual Evening of Excellence gala opens at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and “Meet the Artist” preview at Michael’s on East. Guests at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County event will then go on to a festive 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 22 winning students. Combining the generosity of art award sponsors with proceeds from the event, over $35,000 in monetary and in-kind donations will be awarded to the student artists, art teachers, and high school art departments. The Parisian theme was inspired by an award-winning student piece from last year’s event.
Evening of Excellence is the premiere arts competition for Sarasota County high schools. The program is also a perennial favorite on the area social calendar, raising significant funds each year to benefit the 41,200 students in the public schools through the work of the Education Foundation. Since 1996, the program has secured more than $2,363,185 for education and increased public awareness about impact of the arts on student achievement. Last year’s event grossed over $229,000, including a live auction total of $28,650.
For more information, call the Education Foundation at 941-927-0965 or see the web site at www.EdFoundation.net.