Emeril’s Evening for Education Raises $143,100

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Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril’s Evening for Education, held November 14, 2013, at Fish Out of Water, raised $143,100 and served as the official kick-off to the Investing in our Children, Community and Future Campaign – a $4 million effort to expand the top-ranked Seaside Neighborhood School to a comprehensive K through 12 charter school system in South Walton County. Thanks to early gifts from 34 individuals, families and corporate partners, the Seaside School Foundation has already raised more than $2.2 million toward its $4 million goal.

During the kick-off celebration, Chef Lagasse, along with Fish Out of Waters Chef Brian Murray, prepared an exquisite meal for 88 guests.

Seaside School Board member Jane Solomon began the evening by welcoming guests followed by a champagne toast by Chefs Lagasse and Murray.  Fred Maglione, President of OmegaFi, discussed the history and progress of the Seaside School expansion effort and the ambitious $4 million capital campaign.

The $4 million capital campaign will expand the high-achieving academic curriculum and success of the Seaside Neighborhood School to offer K-12 education for students in South Walton County.  Plans include a new elementary school campus and further expansion of the recently opened Seacoast Collegiate High School

“Meaningful education for the children of South Walton County is a cause my wife, Alden, and I want to support in any way we can,” explained Lagasse. “The Seaside Neighborhood School is doing incredible things for our community, and its programs should be expanded and available to more students.  I’m proud of the money raised tonight, and I look forward to being a part of a successful campaign to enhance education in the community.”

Read another article about the event published on 30A.com at http://30a.com/emerils-evening-for-education/

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    Fred Maglione is president of OmegaFi, a member of Alpha Tau Omega, a lawyer and certified fund raising executive. He spends his work hours advising nonprofit organizations on operational efficiency, expanding payment processing solutions, developing database management systems, raising money and enhancing the customer experience for fraternity men and sorority women across the United States. Follow him @fmaglione
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      Fred Reply

      Congratulations on such a wonderful event!

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