The annual event, themed “Fire & Ice: Igniting the Flame of Learning,” is chaired by Sandy Vasey and Linda Yost, longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center.
The event helps provide financial support for education, mentoring and social enrichment programs that provide more than 1,000 children in Immokalee with a better opportunity for a successful future.
Fire & Ice will offer a night of live musical entertainment, a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to make on-the-spot donations for college scholarships during “Jump Up.” The event begins with a cocktail reception and a meet-and-greet with high school students enrolled in Guadalupe Center’s Tutor Corps program.
“It’s a very special opportunity for our patrons to be able to meet these gifted students and hear first-hand, personal stories about their challenges, hopes and dreams,” said Vasey. “This past year, we celebrated 14 Tutor Corps graduates who are now enrolled in colleges around the country. We’re thankful to the many patrons who have helped make that possible.”
Guests at Fire & Ice also have the chance to bid on experiential and luxury live auction lots.
“It’s always fun creating unique experiences for our auctions and Fire & Ice will offer some pretty spectacular live auction lots,” said Yost.
Although the auction lots have not officially been announced, one item in particular has special meaning to the Guadalupe Center’s mission. William Boyajian of Port RoyalJewelers in Naples is customizing a piece of jewelry inspired by one of the center’s students.
Yost added, “William has put together a fabulous piece that truly symbolizes the transformative impact that the Guadalupe Center has on the lives of so many children and families in our community. We’re excited to see the final product that will be unveiled this fall.”
Last year’s sold-out event raised $780,000 to support educational programs for the children of Immokalee. Guadalupe Center’s signature event has grown from a small-scale cocktail event to the organization’s largest fundraiser.
Funds from Fire & Ice directly benefit the Early Childhood Education, Guadalupe After-school Program and Tutor Corps. For the past eight years, 100 percent of the high school students in Guadalupe’s Tutor Corps program have graduated from high school.
Businesses, families and individual philanthropists have the opportunity to support the signature event through six levels of sponsorships priced from $500 to $15,000, which include tickets and acknowledgement in the official Fire & Ice program. Individual tickets are available for $500.
Guadalupe Center is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. For more than 30 years, the nonprofit organization has been serving the children and families of Immokalee. Its innovative early childhood education, after-school tutoring, community mentoring and college scholarship programs have earned national recognition, including the top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator.
For more information about the Guadalupe Center and its signature event, visit www.GuadalupeCenter.org or call 239-657-7158.