The "Evening for Education" was held in WaterColor at Fish Out of Water, recently. This event was a charity event to help raise money for local schools in the South Walton area. It also served as the kick-off for the Community and Future Campaign and the Investing in the Children Campaign.
Combined, these two campaigns are trying to raise $4 million to expand the Seaside Neighborhood Schools. The goal is to add a K-12 charger school system.
Emeril Lagasse was a big part of the event and helped to rage $143,000 to benefit these two campaigns. Support was shown by many community celebrities, as well.
The event featured a meal prepared for 90 guests by Chef Brian Murray and Chef Lagasse. The meal was followed by a champagne toast by the Chefs and Jane Solomon kicked it all off by welcoming the guests. The history of the capital campaign was discussed with those in attendance by Fred Maglione.
Getting to $4 Million
Thirty-three families started the campaign off, along with corporate partners and friends to help the Seaside School Foundation. Through these donors, $2.3 million of the $4 million was raised. This quick start made the goal very realistic and it's expected to be reached in the near future.
This campaign will expand the higher level academic curriculum and offer K-12 students another option within the area. The new campus will provide a higher academic curriculum and future plans include opening the Seacoast Collegiate High School.
These new schools will make the Seaside area more attractive for families. The campaign is well underway and nearly 70% of the funds have been raised. More events will be found on the calendar to help raise money for this project very soon.