“Another Beautiful Experience” at Tomorrows Promise School

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Nearly 100 guests gathered for the second annual fundraiser for Tomorrows Promise Community School on April 19th, 2013. “Another beautiful experience” was the comment most heard as the fundraiser showcased this years’ ambitious goal to build a digital hub so that Tomorrow’s Promise, in operation since 2002, can offer a hybrid approach to learning in addition to their current direct instruction model. This addition enables students the option to attain a traditional Standard High School Diploma instead of the current Performance Based High School Diploma. Tomorrow’s Promise is dedicated to giving high risk students from the toughest environments a second, and sometimes last, chance to succeed; incorporating this new blended model would allow students even greater opportunities as they continue along their journeys. If you were lucky enough to meet and chat with any of the students in attendance, Antwan, Desmen, RD, Terrinique or Sumaya, you could not help being moved by their stories and their sincere appreciation for this opportunity. Art collectors internationally know Salvatore Principe’s hearts collections, thousands of hearts in every size and color – collaged hearts, floating hearts, and gilded hearts. Principe graciously opened his studio and donated several of his inspired hearts to help this amazing Charter School. The message of “all heart” was not lost on anyone attending. In kind, Principe is continually donating pieces for charitable auctions. Principe ‘s steadfast dedication to make a difference in people’s lives, meshes well with that of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, a key sponsor and community partner whose motto is “changing lives and building futures.” A dedicated Board of Directors and fundraising committee members, all volunteer heroes for the students, orchestrated the event. Guests admired Principe’s artwork and sampled his special edition wine collection and were treated to homemade tapas created and served by Chef Juan Montalvo, the Hungry Cuban, and his wife Mary. Students and staff mingled with the guests while watching a video collection of Tomorrow’s Promise, created by graduate RD, who offered his production skills to two lucky auction bidders. Community sponsors provided several other inspiring auctions items including a Delray Beach Package of dinners and events generously donated by local restaurants and partners. The Rotary Club’s own Neil Saffer, professional auctioneer extraordinaire and a Board Member of Tomorrow’s Promise, artfully ran a spirited auction of the donated items. Guests responded to the evenings cash call with open hearts after a moving presentation by Principal Marjorie Waldo. This followed by personal, moving stories from Antwan, and RD. The evening was a great success raising over $60,000. In attendance was founder and Delray Beach Police officer Fred Glass, and his wife Nancy, along with Maya and Jahq, the children of deceased founder Johnny Pun. It was lovely to recognize their legacy, and the hard work by Waldo, her educators, her staff, and the board for their boundless passion and vision for the school. If you are interested in finding out more information about Tomorrow’s Promise or in touring the school, please contact Waldo at 561- 266-2206 or by email at mwaldo@dyvcs.com.