CCEF Foundation Fest 2016

CCEF Foundation Fest 2016

14289833_1270514912982368_6440418364872136323_oThe Pine Street Pub (108 N. Pine Ave., Inverness) will host the third annual Foundation Fest, a party to benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Community leaders will be the servers for the night, all competing to raise the most tips. The event will also feature food, a silent auction (perhaps last-minute Christmas gifts) and a Battle of the Band Teachers as local teachers compete for program funding. Fest-goers help decide the battle champ, but must attend to vote.  The winning school will take home $1,000 for their music program.

A $5 cover will be charged at the door. Citrus County School District teachers and staff get in free with school ID. All tips, cover charges, silent auction proceeds and a portion of food sales will be donated to CCEF to fund programs supporting Citrus County Schools.

CCEF will collect silent auction items through Thursday, Dec. 15.

To support the cause and promote an organization or business, consider making a silent auction donation. A CCEF rep will come to pick up any donated items and/or gift certificates.

Donors will be recognized on the CCEF website, in social media and at the event. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.

For more information or to make a silent auction donation, contact CCEF Executive Director Shaunda Burdette at 352-726-1931, ext. 2240, or More information is also available at and

Created in 1988, CCEF is a nonprofit corporation whose sole mission is to support public, prekindergarten through 12th grade, education in Citrus County. CCEF-supported programs include: classroom mini-grants for all grade levels; scholarships for aspiring teachers and high school seniors; AVID; Camp Citrus and Camp Invention; SAEC mini-grants; school-to-work and STEM programs including Aquaculture and MakerSpace; science fairs and math field days; Special Olympics; student career days and Pathways to Success; district support for Fine Arts including sponsorship of the Festival of the Arts student zone, All County Chorus and elementary school plays; Successmaker; intensive reading programs; student health, safety and leadership programs including Link, Youth Leadership Citrus and onsite student resource rooms; web-based curricula and classroom technology enhancements including Aleks, BrainPOP, Gizmos, Teach Town, 3D printers and technology carts and First Library-CCEF’s literacy initiative supporting the county’s pre-K and kindergarten students.

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