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MARTIN COUNTY -- Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast held their annual signature fundraising event, 'Watch A Rising Star,' at the Kravis Center.
This dynamic event featured five high school seniors who auditioned and were selected to compete for $11,000 in scholarship money. After months of coaching and a night full of competition, the audience and judges selected Brianna Scully, a senior at Martin County High School, as this year's winner.
"Being given the opportunity to be a part of Junior Achievement's Watch a Rising Star was extremely honoring and humbling," said Brianna. "I was inspired by the four artists who stood alongside me throughout this competition."
During the months leading up to the main event, the five finalists received vocal and performance coaching from veteran Broadway performers, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Jason Gillman and were given the opportunity to perform at several venues throughout the community to showcase their talent.
More than 400 guests attended this event to see the young stars perform, many of which helped sponsor the fundraising event. Some of those sponsors included The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation, Judy & Donald Smith Foundation, Stuart Halpert, ADT, Raymond James -- Guia Brown & Chung Wong, Ron & Harriet Hersch, Rick & Lesley Stone Family Fund, and The International Society of Palm Beach.
Many of those guests came out to support Donald Smith, local businessman and philanthropist and honoree of the evening. Mr. Smith served on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast for more than 10 years, and even after stepping down has remained extremely active within the organization.
This marks Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast's eleventh year of hosting this signature event and the most successful one to date. The money brought in from the event will help to fund the financial literacy programs that Junior Achievement brings to the classrooms of students from kindergarten through twelfth grade across Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Hendry counties.