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Honorees are Jarett and Dara Levan, Dwight and Dinah Stephenson and BrightStar Credit Union

(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – The Broward Education Foundation will celebrate 32 years of educational excellence during the Black & White Gala beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the Hyatt Pier Sixty Six, 2301 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale.

Community leaders Jarett and Dara Levan and Dwight and Dinah Stephenson and BrightStar Credit Union are the honorees. Gala chair is Phyllis Schiffer-Simon and honorary chairs are Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and School Board Chair Donna Korn.

“This is our celebration of the accomplishments in public education in Broward County during this school year,” said Schiffer-Simon. “We applaud the efforts of our honorees who serve this community with a dedicated passion for education. It takes all of us working together to transform the lives of Broward County public school students through quality education.”

The event begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Dinner, the honoree ceremony and dancing follow at 8 p.m.

“The Black & White Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Thomas Severino, president/CEO of the Broward Education Foundation. “Through our community involvement and fundraising, the Foundation provides support for initiatives and programs so that all Broward County Public School students can achieve his or her highest potential. It is with great pleasure that we join with Superintendent Runcie and School Board Chair Korn in saluting the Levan’s, Stephenson’s and BrightStar Credit Union for their support in making our educational community the best that it can be.”

Funds raised during the Gala benefit the Broward Education Foundation which provides support for innovative teaching to increase student learning outcomes from pre-K to grade 12; educational materials for Title 1 school students; scholarships for qualified graduating high school seniors; and fiduciary oversight for community members who join in the educational mission by establishing Foundation agency funds.

Tickets are $150 and attire is cocktail chic. Sponsors are Avaya, BBX Capital, BrightStar Credit Union, The Carroll Group of Morgan Stanley, Charter Schools of Excellence, Arthur J. Gallagher, Hoffman’s Chocolates, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Toyota of Hollywood and Wells Fargo.

About the Broward Education Foundation:

Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.

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