Great Hearts Raises More Than $800,000 at 5th Annual Great Hearts Gala
By Claire Natale -
Thursday Oct 20, 2022
Great Hearts Academies raised more than $800,000 during its 5th annual Great Hearts Gala. The night to remember, presented by Casas Bonitas and produced by Broadcast Rentals, took place on Saturday, September 24 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. The event was livestreamed across YouTube, Facebook and academy websites. The theme for this yearâ€™s event was â€œEmerald Cityâ€, a nod to The Wizard of Oz. It supported the Teacher Excellence Fund, which provides bonus compensation every December to reward and retain the best Great Hearts teachers across Arizona.
This was the first time the gala returned since before the pandemic. It is the largest fundraiser for the Teacher Excellence Fund, giving Great Hearts Academies the opportunity to reward the Arizona teachers who work harder than ever. Last year more than $600,000 was raised for the 2021 Teacher Excellence Fund, which provided 557 Great Hearts Arizona teachers bonus compensation in December 2021.
â€œThe money raised this year was record-breaking,â€ said Brandon Crowe, Superintendent of Great Hearts Arizona. â€œIt was great to come together in person at an event where the proceeds add to the Teacher Excellence Fund. We want to thank our teachers for their devotion and passion for serving Great Hearts scholars.â€
This yearâ€™s 2022 Co-Chairs were Dustin and Tiffany Christianson. Dustin and Tiffany are Leadership Society members and parents of two children at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. The program featured students, teachers, and alumni from around Great Hearts. Guests were guided through the galaâ€™s presentations by Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man. Entertainment included performances from the faculty choir and a special recitation from 2022 Bard Competition winner, Isaac Mendez. Guests enjoyed video presentations highlighting the many accomplishments of the Great Hearts faculty and scholars over the past year.
Great Hearts is a nonprofit network of tuition-free public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. More information can be found at greatheartsamerica.org.
About Great Hearts Academies
Great Hearts is a nonprofit network of tuition-free public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. As the largest provider of liberal arts classical education campuses in the country, Great Hearts Academies serve more than 22,000 students at 33 tuition-free public schools in greater Phoenix, Ariz., San Antonio, Irving, and Ft. Worth, TX, with waitlists that typically exceed enrollment. Great Hearts recently broke ground in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Great Hearts provides a robust liberal arts curriculum incorporating advanced math and science, a focus on the arts and foreign language, and a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics. Learn more at http://www.greatheartsamerica.org.