Scholarships intended to build technically educated workforce for Brevard
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- In an attempt to create a technically educated workforce for Brevard County, the Rotary Club of Indialantic and the Florida Institute for Technology is joining forces for the 11th annual "Moon River Music & Magic" festival.
The event, which will be on Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Institute of Technology campus, is designed to provide scholarships to deserving Brevard students, who will attend Florida Tech in the fall.
Admission for the event is $50 per person, and all funds raised will go toward helping Brevard high school graduates attend Florida Tech and remain in the area after they graduate.
Florida Tech will match the funds raised from the event.
"This wonderful fundraiser helps hard-working youths to fulfill their dreams of college education," said Anthony J. Catanese, Florida Tech president and active member of the Rotary Club of Indialantic, in a press release. "We are honored to participate."
The two organizations have partnered three times prior to host the festival, raising more than $70,000 to fund scholarships for 24 of Brevard's best and brightest graduating seniors entering Florida Tech.
Trish Stragins, co-chair of the "Moon River Music & Magic" festival, said the event is a great way to enhance the Brevard community.
"We actually want our local kids to be educated here locally and encourage them to apply for this scholarship," she said. "We want to keep these kids in our community."
Organizers said the event will include unlimited gourmet food and beverages provided by Florida Tech food services personnel, a silent auction, raffle, live entertainment, a classic car exhibit and live music performed by the FIT faculty band Twitchy and the Atlantic Bluegrass Band.
Organizers said the event will also support financially non-governmental local community service organizations.
Guests can pay the $50 admission by check to the Rotary Club of Indialantic Foundation, P.O. Box 033134, Indialantic, FL, 32903, or by PayPal or credit card at www.indialanticrotary.org or upon arrival.
Online prepayments will receive a $5 off admission discount. All pre-payments will be recorded and honored at the registration table the evening of the event.
For more information about donations or ticket purchases, call (321) 693-3992.