Michelle Miller, Jane Rawley and Thom Jones during the auction.

Credit: Education Foundation of St. Lucie

FORT PIERCE – The Education Foundation, St. Lucie’s Evening for Education was a huge success raising 60% more money than the previous year. The annual dinner, ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ was held at the Harbour Ridge Club House in Palm City and featured both a live and silent auction.

The dinner and dance is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation. This year, both attendance and revenue were up over last year’s event. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support we received from our sponsors,” stated Thom Jones, President of Education Foundation, St. Lucie. “We raised $56,000 to support Public Education!”

St. Lucie Public Schools has seen tremendous progress in the last year. It is the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. 37% of schools are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing schools. St. Lucie Public Schools is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement.

All of the sponsors of the event include Jacquin & Sons Construction, Treasure Coast Lexus, Comcast, PNC, ATT, FPL, Seacoast Bank, Keiser University, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, Grimes Heating and Air Conditioning, Bank of America and Treasure Coast Urgent Care.

Education Foundation, St. Lucie provides teacher grants, which focus on helping improve literacy and support struggling students; student scholarships and high school mentoring programs to help students graduate. Grants also support Career & Technical Education programs such as healthcare and automotive engineering.

About the Education Foundation:
Education Foundation, St. Lucie is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicating to advancing public K-12 education. The Foundation has been providing grants to teachers and scholarships to students in St. Lucie County since 1990. For more information, please contact Thom Jones, President at (772) 429-5505 or visit www.efslc.org.

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