On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Focus on Tomorrow hosted it’s first ever fundraiser, Dinner and a Movie with Channel 10 Reporter, Christina Vazquez. The evening proved a wonderful occasion filled with the presence of friends, family and supportive members of the community. FOT Director, Will Barroso, began the ceremony by providing the audience with a brief description of the organization’s history and mission. Later, Christina Vazquez enthusiastically emphasized the importance of art programs by describing her own high school experience and how that time in her life helped shape her professionally.
The event concluded with a screening of the recently released film, The Words. The audience was delighted with the film but even more so commitment of the Braddock alumni. At the event, Dr. Marta Perez of the Miami-Dade County School Board, pledged $2,500 from the board’s discretionary fund to the reconstruction of the TV Program at Braddock Senior High. Other guests, such as retired school board member and art philanthropist, Betsy Kaplan, pledged to join Focus on Tomorrow’s mission.
This event could not have been possible without the help of some very dear friends. Paul Yeequee of Paragon Theaters in Coconut Grove provided the space for the fundraiser to take place. Tropicana Restaurant provided a light dinner for the event’s guests. That Some Cake graciously donated cupcakes for dessert. Raffle prizes were also donated by Walt Disney World Theme Parks, That Some Cake, The Hallmark Channel, Peter of London Salon and Spa and Fujiya Japanese Restaurant
As the event came to an end, two points were made absolutely clear: 1. Support for art programs within public schools is alive and well, and 2. Focus on Tomorrow has arrived.
Pictures from Dinner and a Movie Event
(guest names from left to right)