Marjory Stoneman Douglas by Sharon Aron Baron

By: Sharon Aron Baron

To celebrate the efforts of the philanthropic individuals, corporations and foundations for their dedication and commitment to helping in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Parkland, a dinner benefit will be held in Hollywood, Florida.

Called “BEF is MSD Strong Dinner Benefit” the Broward Education Fund, which is entrusted with the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund is planning a cocktail reception, silent auction, followed by dancing, entertainment and a musical performance of “Shine,” performed by MSD drama student-songwriters Sawyer Garrity, 16, and Andrea Peña, 15.  

“One hundred percent of Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund contributions benefit these brave individuals and are a gift of compassion, support and healing from caring individuals,” said Shea Ciriago, Broward Education Foundation executive director. “Along with BEF’s Board and the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund Steering committee, we continue to raise funds for victims’ families, survivors and those impacted. While we have raised more than $7 million for them to date, we are very confident we can do better for them.”

Tickets to BEF is MSD Strong Benefit Dinner are $250 per person and sponsorships start at $2,500. Net proceeds from the event benefit the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund. Attire is burgundy & silver cocktail. 

“We applaud the tremendous generosity of individuals and organizations around the world who have rallied together to raise millions  of dollars for the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund Broward Education Foundation created within hours after this unimaginable tragedy struck our community,” said Christina Fischer, Broward Education Foundation board chair. “The Benefit will shine a light on the support, tenacity and resilience our community continues to show after the tragedy. Broward Education Foundation is MSD Strong.”

In addition to Presenting Sponsor BrightStar Credit Union ($25,000) and Shine sponsors Rick Case Automotive Group ($20,000) and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($20,000), BEF is MSD Strong Benefit Dinner sponsors include The Diplomat Beach Resort, Memorial Healthcare System, Avaya, Wells Fargo, Charter Schools of Excellence and Ballard Partners.

The BEF is MSD Strong Benefit Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S Ocean Dr. in Hollywood. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 754-321-2030 or visit Broward Education Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities, call 754-321-2034 or email mari-lee.baxter@browardschools.com.

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.