-- On Thursday, April 3, the celebrated its 20th anniversary with its first-annual outdoor dining event on the Terrace at SoHo Square.
The celebration's theme was inspired by the people and educators who make the Foundation "proud to be Homewood Grown."
The evening's guests--475 in all--included local corporate sponsors, Homewood city officials, school administrators and teachers, as well as Homewood families dedicated to supporting the Foundation and its mission.
The event was sponsored by Trust Building Services; Brasfield and Gorrie was the sponsor of two custom videos presented during the evening featuring the specifics of what the Foundation does for the school system, as well as the stories of students who are "Homewood Grown," including track and field sensation Aaron Ernest.(Homewood City Schools Foundation)
A family-style dinner catered by Cafe Dupont featured a menu of locally-grown produce. Melt Food Truck and Piggly Wiggly joined in on providing the evening's food; Buffalo Rock provided soft drinks and Royal Coffee offered hot coffee. Dreamcakes provided dessert cupcakes. Homewood residents Danny Whitsett and Ben Ridlehoover helped set the tone of the evening with music.
During the evening, the Foundation presented the "Teacher Impact Award" to a teacher at each of the city's five schools who made a significant difference in the lives of Homewood students. These awards were sponsored by the Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. There was also a presentation of the Dr. Jodi Newton Scholarship to Homewood High School senior Madison Collins for showing great leadership and character.
Homewood Grown is the flagship fundraiser for the Homewood City Schools Foundation this year.More than ,000 in grant funding for programs at all five schoolsInitial fees for 10 teachers to pursue National Board Certification,000 to our school librariesA PSAT prep course for 16 top-scoring high school juniors
All funds raised will help support grants for Homewood schools and other foundation programs that aren't a part of the school system's annual budget.
In deeply personal responses, dozens of former inmates, family members of current inmates and volunteers with prison ministries have given detailed accounts of how their experiences with the facility continue to affect their lives.
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