Fashion in Gardens raises money for 5 Village public schools

Fashion in the Gardens took place on Feb. 28 for the second consecutive year in the picturesque Pinecrest Gardens. Teachers, principals and students posed and twirled wearing the latest fashions, artists donated Teacher’s Pet sculptures for auction and locals enjoyed a one-ofa- kind event to raise money for Pinecrest’s five public schools.

“Fashion in the Gardens is a wonderful example of how local businesses and the Village of Pinecrest truly show their support for the five Village schools,” said Pinecrest resident and Palmetto High School Parent Teacher Association president Ceil Fitts. “The funds generated by the event help ensure that the quality of local education will remain strong.”

The final numbers are not in yet, but this year’s goal was to raise $60,000, doubling last year’s $30,000 total. The money raised will go to educational programs, classroom supplies, campus improvements and technological resources in Palmetto, Pinecrest and Howard Drive Elementary Schools, Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto Senior High School. About 6,000 students will benefit from the proceeds of the event.

Other fundraising events for Pinecrest’s five public schools are the Rotary Club of Dadeland, Coral Gables Golf Tournament held at the Biltmore Hotel and Taste of Pinecrest in Pinecrest Gardens.

Mayor Lerner helped raise funds for a Smart Board to be placed in each of Pinecrest’s classrooms through the smARTy Dog campaign and continues to champion education initiatives in Pinecrest.

“It is a shared vision for parents, local business owners and Village government for our schools’ reputation for excellence to attract young families to our community,” said Lerner. “It truly takes a village to raise our children.”

The Fashion in the Gardens luncheon and fashion show was conceived by the Pinecrest Education Advisory Council led by Mayor Lerner and provides a forum for discussion and problem solving, and seeking creative opportunities and resources to support and enhance area public schools. Principals attend the meetings and parents are welcome. Meetings are held once a month in the Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 Killian Drive.

For information, call 305-284-0900.

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