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(Fort Lauderdale, March 21, 2012) ─ The Community Foundation of Broward has celebrated its Legacy Society
members, those forward-thinking philanthropists who have made plans to remember the Foundation in their estates at its 2012 Legacy Society Luncheon.
Legacy Society Members: Walter Krueger, Franklin Schmidt and Ed Landgren
Held at the Old Davie School Historical Museum
in Davie, FL., the event brought together Legacy Society members to recognize their gift and inform them of the Foundation’s School is Cool Initiative
. Built in 1918, the school is now Broward County's oldest existing school building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Over 40 members of the Legacy Society were welcomed and honored by Community Foundation Board member, William A. Snyder, Esq., and Foundation’s President and CEO, Linda Carter. It is estimated that these future gifts will provide more than $130 million to care for our community…For Good. For Ever.
“Raise your hands if you can remember the excitement and anticipation of your first day at school? How do we preserve this wonder in our children? How do we make school the fulfilling and positive environment that enables more children to graduate high school despite the many challenges they face today? “asked Snyder before he introduced the Foundation’s School is Cool Initiative, which aims to raise the high school graduation rates to 90% in Broward.
The keynote address was provided by Alvin Davis, the 2012 State of Florida Teacher of the Year. Davis congratulated all those supporters and donors of the Community Foundation, for investing in the critically important work of raising graduation rates.
“The Foundation is ahead of the field in its innovative and aggressive approach to raising graduation rates,” Davis said. ”The staff of the Community Foundation is showing us that we have to think in new ways and create new partnerships if we are to make progress.”
“The philanthropists, who opened a Fund at the Foundation to support education 20 years ago, could not have imagined the challenges students face today – whether it’s low graduations, cyber-bullying, or guns in schools. But they entrusted us to continue to invest in their passion and to know how best to do so in an ever changing society”, said Linda Carter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward.