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A Knight in Key West Event Raises Record Funds at Sixth Annual Event
Tampa, Fla. – The Robinson High School Foundation’s sixth annual benefit, A Knight in Key West, was held at the Westshore Yacht Club on October 8.
This year’s sold-out event drew a crowd of more than 300 guests for dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Guests included parents, alumni, school board members, elected officials and other community leaders. Local television and radio personalities Debra Schrils and Brian Fasulo served as emcees for the live auction, which included bidding for an opportunity to go behind the scenes for a VIP tour at Lowry Park Zoo, a rare opportunity for two Robinson High School culinary students to experience the real life kitchen at Mise en Place through a job shadow day, and luxury suites for Lightning and Rays games. The evening also included remarks from Robinson High School Principal Robert Bhoolai and Foundation President Kim French.
The Robinson High School Foundation estimates that the benefit, along with family and community partnerships, raised approximately $90,000 this year, more than ever before. Over its history, the Robinson High School Foundation has invested more than $340,000 in the RHS school community.
“The funds we raised will go directly to our school to improve our campus and classrooms, enhance Robinson academic and extracurricular programs, and provide faculty and staff grants,” said Benefit Chair James Baker. “We are so thankful for everyone who came together to generously support our amazing high school.”
Robinson High School led the county in 2016 with fifteen National Merit Finalists. The Robinson High School IB Program's IB Diploma Rate has been over 90% each of the last three years, and the Robinson IB Class of 2015 was the only program statewide to achieve a 100% IB Diploma Rate.
Robinson High School 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings:
• 54th on the list of the Best High Schools in Florida (one of the best area public high schools)
• 105th on the list of Best Magnet Schools in America
• 731st out of over 29,000 high schools on the list of the Best High Schools in America
If you have any questions about the benefit, please contact James Baker, 2016 RHS Foundation Benefit Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-546-8739 (cell)
"Growing Leaders One Knight at a Time!"
Providing financial and volunteer support for the Robinson High School community and campus
Robinson High School’s IB Class of 2015 achieved an unprecedented 100 percent IB Diploma rate, one of only 36 IB programs nationwide and the only one in Florida to achieve this honor.
RHS Foundation funding has provided or assisted with projects such as:
- Two electronic marquees and protective covers
- Award-winning college and career center, The Cube
- A vibrant faculty grant program
- Upgraded classroom technology
- Campus irrigation and landscaping
- Audiovisual equipment
- Gymnasium PA system
- Assistance for student clubs, band and athletic teams
- Operating budget assistance for the RHS PTSA
- Athletic facility improvements
- Auditorium upgrades (in progress)
Why does RHS need a foundation?
A foundation sets goals and raises funds for improvements that may not be in the school district budget. Teacher grants allow RHS faculty members to pursue classroom improvements, equipment needs, teaching aids and training that may not otherwise be available to them - ultimately benefitting the students. Without assistance from the RHS Foundation, many of these needs may go unmet or come out of the pockets of the teachers.
How can you help?
Support the RHS Foundation by becoming a Community or Family Partner. Attend the Foundation’s annual fundraising event. Volunteer to support the Foundation’s activities. Get involved and help a school that is rising to a higher level of excellence as the best high school in the county.
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