20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon – Changing Lives Over Lunch

Benefits Take Stock in Children

Sandy Grossman, Leadership Council Chair

Thursday, October 29, at 11:30 a.m.
Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami
305-237-3855 (Joanne Messing)
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Join South Florida’s business, civic, educational and philanthropic leaders, along with Take Stock in Children mentors and students, for the 20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon – Changing Lives Over Lunch.

The luncheon and recognition event will celebrate 20 years of scholarships, mentors and hope. Take Stock in Children provides caring volunteer mentors, college readiness skills and a Florida Prepaid Scholarship for every student. The result is a 96% high school graduation rate and a college enrollment rate of 87%.

This year’s luncheon co-chairs are Maria Alonso, Maria Johnston and Heidi Battier. Being honored are Madeline Pumariega, Outgoing President and CEO of TSIC, appointed as Florida College System Chancellor; Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and Rick Beasley, Executive Director of CareerSource South Florida.

Tickets for the luncheon are $250, and tables of ten are available at $2,500.

About Take Stock in Children

Today, one in three children in Florida lives in poverty and the numbers have increased in each of the last five years. Studies show that less than half of students in Florida living in poverty will graduate high school, and of those students who do graduate high school, only half will go on to attend college. Of those who do attend college, less than 1 in 5 will complete their degree. Consequently, only 5% of Florida’s students in poverty attain a post-secondary education.

Established in 1995, Take Stock in Children, provides a unique opportunity for these deserving low-income youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education. By setting the educational pathway to professional success for Florida’s deserving, low-income students, Take Stock in Children has helped over 24,000 students in Florida graduate from high school, become college prepared, college bound and career ready. Take Stock in Children scholars are encouraged and empowered to pursue their dreams and become the college-educated leaders our families, businesses and communities need in order to prosper.
We achieve success through an innovative multi-year program model of mentorship, case management, accountability, college and career readiness programming and by providing each Take Stock in Children student a Florida pre-paid scholarship. Our impact is measurable; 96% of our students graduate high school, 87% enroll in college, and 59% complete a degree.

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