The Education Fund, based in Miami Lakes, raised a record $215,000 to benefit its programs like the Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials at its sold-out annual charity action, “For the Love of Art,” presented by Ocean Bank on May 10.
The event showcased the artistic talents of students and teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Art teachers and students used materials from the Ocean Bank Center, a school supply warehouse, to create each piece up for bid. Money raised goes back to the school where each piece was created.
The Children’s Trust, Verizon and the Anthony R. Abraham Family Foundation provided additional major support to make the programming and support for schools possible. The Education Fund also raised money from the auction of luxury vacations, gourmet dinners and adventure experiences.
The Education Fund presented its Alumnus of Distinction Award to Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem, for his community service work through the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation and his business contributions.
“Not only do I get to play basketball for my hometown, but I’m especially proud that I get to give back to the city that first educated me by franchising and operating businesses while providing job opportunities to those in underserved communities,” Haslem said, while expressing his appreciation to the Education Fund for the Alumnus of Distinction honor.
Haslem was among the 2017 class of Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Award honorees, 25 leading public school graduates celebrated for their success.