Krop Sr. High fundraising gala, April 28th at Christine Lee’s

By Lynn Carroll….

Krop Sr. Gala Committee members back row (l-r) Milly Delgado, Jean Smoler, Liz Rockowitz, Sharon Gayoso, Ruth Vernick, Marilyn Bahamondes, Izabel Carcalade, Dorit Danon, Fred Napolitano, Vickie Silver; seated Shai Bloch and Robin Lewin

Amid a decline in funds earmarked for public school education, the Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School Parent Teacher Student Association is looking to top last year’s response when it holds its annual “Lightning Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Gala.” The event is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th at Christine Lee’s, on the 3rd level of Gulfstream Park & Casino in Hallandale Beach.

Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman will be honored at the event for her support of public school education.

In addition to guests, organizers are looking for sponsors, says Ruth Vernick, the association’s vice president of fundraising. She says sponsorships start at the Champagne level for $1,000 and include the Merlot level at $500 and the Chardonnay level at $250. All sponsors are given six tickets to the event, program acknowledgement and a page in the ad journal.

“The goal for the gala is to exceed last year’s returns of almost $30,000,” says Vernick. “And we’re anticipating well over 300 guests to attend.”

“Our students and teachers have suffered a monumental decline in funds,” says PTSA President Elizabeth Rockowitz. “Sponsorships and donations will provide deserving students with scholarships, which enable them to participate in educational programs. Funds raised will also benefit faculty grants, campus improvements, communication and technology enhancement.”

Vernick says items up for silent auction to date include hotel packages, a oneweek cruise, jewelry, free dining at select restaurants, artwork, memberships to the JCC, tickets to Torah for high holidays and a fishing trip.

Ari Odzer with Channel 6 will serve as emcee. Tickets purchased in advance are $40 and two for $75; $45 at the door.

For more information, email RuthVernick at

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