You are Invited to… Reach for the Stars!
Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
A Fundraising Auction and Gala Benefiting Admiral Farragut Academy
Admiral Farragut Academy is a private, college-prep, boarding and day school which serves students in PreK-12th grade reach for the stars. With two graduates who have walked on the moon and course offerings from scuba to aviation, Farragut is proud to offer our students the opportunity to quite literally “Reach for the Stars”. By attending and supporting this event, you are making a direct impact on our students’ Farragut Experience reach for the stars.
This year the Parents’ Group has partnered with Michael Israel, a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances and inspiring compassion and support for many charities including the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Komen Breast Cancer, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders reach for the stars.
With an exciting artist like Michael Israel, we are inviting the community-at-large including art enthusiasts, leaders, corporations, Farragut friends and family, and more.
Questions About the Event
“Reach for the Stars” will be the first time Admiral Farragut Academy opens its doors to the new performing arts building, DeSeta Hall.
What are the event details?
- Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
- Location: Admiral Farragut Academy, 501 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33710
- Event Space: DeSeta Hall
- Heavy hors-d’oeuvres and dessert
- Open bar
- Cocktail attire
- Ages 21 and up
- Valet parking
- Live entertainment throughout the event
- Art-In-Concert performance by Michael Israel
- Live and silent auction
- Tickets: $150/each
- Sponsorship Levels: $10,000 | $5,000 | $2,500
Who is invited and welcome to attend?
As always all Farragut families and supporters are invited and encouraged to attend but we hope you also extend the invite to your friends, family, neighbors, employers, employees, and more too! With an exciting artist like Michael Israel, we are inviting the community-at-large including art enthusiasts, leaders, corporations, Farragut friends and family, and more. Please note this event is 21 and up.
Tell me more about the artist, Michael Israel.
Michael Israel is a world-renowned American artist, entertainer, speaker, and humanitarian famous for “Speed Painting” performances and inspiring compassion and support for many charities including the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, Komen Breast Cancer, and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Michael was born in 1960 in New York and began painting at age 2. His childhood was split between a nomadic life traveling across America with his father and an aquatic life aboard a houseboat with his sea captain mother.
By age 6 he was obsessed with martial arts and became a national black belt champion by 17; he credits martial arts training for his super-fast painting.
He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike painting at prestigious venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake with Brooks & Dunn, the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting with Warren Buffett, and Presidential events in Washington, DC.
A testament to the emotional and inspirational power of his art is that paintings completed in minutes have sold as high as $250,000!
“Michael asks little from his audience, all they must do is be present to be drawn in, engaged and energized. He visibly makes the connection between music, art, and the viewer’s heart – there are audible gasps as he works his magic, passing energy back and forth with the cheering crowd during an experience they will remember the rest of their lives!”
Navy SEAL, Bob Schoultz
Director, Master of Science in Global Leadership
“You had our full attention, and we knew that we were in the presence of something extraordinary, something different from anything most of us had ever seen before… What really impressed me was how you and your performance created a bridge between the military and business worlds, and the world of artistic creativity. You gave them an experience they won’t forget about how an artist can capture the imagination and create a new understanding of the world we live in. Your creative interpretation and blending of pop-culture with patriotism and love of country gave us new insights into the power of art. And of course, the dollars your paintings brought to support programs to support Naval Special Warfare Families will make a huge difference in the morale of spouses and children in families bearing the burden of our fighting men spending so much time deployed”
School of Business Administration
The University of San Diego
A few more reviews:
- “This legitly brought tears to my eyes. For the 4th time watching it… I’m 17 years old and a guy… I can admit this does… I may not believe in God… but bless you, Michael!”
- “I love this man… I had the honor of seeing him live, and I’ll never forget it…”
- “Hooah!! That rocked brother!! Awesome and magnificent, emotional, and strong heartedly done! Amen!!”
- “This guy is AMAZING thanks for using your talents for good causes I started CRYING the first time I saw this!”
Tell me about DeSeta Hall.
DeSeta Hall is Farragut’s state-of-the-art, multi-use performing arts building. This appealing and attractive space is the newest building on the Admiral Farragut Academy campus and is the result of a three-year capital campaign. It includes a large 500 seat auditorium with retractable seating, catering prep room, large plaza area and lobby, visual and performing arts classrooms, and administrative offices. Not only is this beautiful space used for school events, but is available for rent by the community for large meetings, lectures, performances, weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, anniversaries, and more. For more information about booking DeSeta Hall for an event, contact John Buggle at 727-565-5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a financial contribution, visit the New Building Capital Campaign landing page, or contact Chief Development Officer Tony Sloan at 727-384-5500 ext 278 or email email@example.com.
What makes Admiral Farragut Academy special?
Admiral Farragut Academy is a college-prep, private school located in St. Petersburg, Florida which serves girls and boys in PreK-12th grade. Our Upper School, which starts in 8th grade, is also known worldwide for its Boarding program and Naval Science program. The school’s mission is to provide a college preparatory environment that promotes academic excellence, leadership skills, and social development within a diverse community of young men and women. With two graduates who have walked on the moon and course offerings from scuba to aviation, Farragut is proud to offer students the opportunity to quite literally “Reach for the Stars”. As a diverse community with students coming from 30 countries, 17 U.S. states, and various cultural backgrounds, Farragut provides financial assistance for deserving and qualified families.
“We have three daughters at Farragut. It’s an amazing institution. Farragut has state-of-the-art facilities with great technological systems. The academics and college prep aspect here is phenomenal but above all the Academy helps these young men and women build self-confidence. Any child after attending two years at Farragut can walk up to any adult and look them straight in the eye and shake their hand. This firm foundation of being able to show respect, integrity, and high self-esteem is embodied in the values taught to our children here. Our kids are taught to respect and honor every individual regardless of their race, religion or national origin. The extracurricular activities like robotics, art, science, and sports encourage the kids to think outside the box. Our daughters love and cherish every moment they spend at Farragut.” – Dr. & Mrs. Fackih
Why does Farragut host a fundraising event every year?
For 20 years the Parents’ Group of Admiral Farragut Academy, which consists solely of parent volunteers, has raised funds to pay for additional school needs that are not allocated in the school’s budget. Recent projects that were funded include buying a school van, resurfacing the tennis courts, installing filtered-water stations, adding sun shades at the playground, and much more! This group is a vital part of annual school improvements and they raise funds through large events including the Golf Tournament hosted in fall and the Annual Auction hosted in spring.
What will the silent and live auctions include?
There will be opportunities to silently bid on items like parking spots, class projects and experiential events. The live auction will focus on paddle raises for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) projects and special experiences similar to last year. In addition, Michael Israel will put on an impressive performance as you witness art-in-concert which will be available for live bidding. There will be items for all budgets and a variety of paintings and artwork to choose from. All proceeds will go to the Parents’ Group and Admiral Farragut Academy.
How can I be involved and/or support the auction?
Are you connected to major players or companies in our community? Do you want to work with your child’s grade to create the class project? Do you want to help set up and decorate prior to the event? The Parents’ Group President Marjorie Deskovich is in the process of forming committees and would love to find a fit for you based on your skill sets and area of interest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-384-5501.
Can I submit a charitable donation?
Yes of course! We are also open to opportunities for corporate partnerships and sponsorships. Admiral Farragut Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Tax ID# 59-3038365
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Admiral Farragut Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Tax ID# 59-3038365