BrightStar Credit Union’s “Escape to Tropical Paradise” Benefiting Broward Education Foundation

With fire and hula dancers, live island music, tropical flora, Tiki gods, a monsoon downpour followed by a colorful rainbow arching through the skyline, it certainly was not just another day in paradise as Broward Education Foundation hosted its annual signature event, BrightStar Credit Union’s at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale.  Embracing the theme, guests donned their best resort wear and bright floral prints while sipping drinks and enjoying balmy breezes against a stunning oceanfront backdrop. During the open-air sunset reception, a highlight was the thunder of drums and the breathtaking “fire knife” performance by Drums of Polynesian. Lured by the “call of the conch,” guests enjoyed tropical themed photo stations throughout the spacious ballroom which included larger than life Tiki statues and surfboards, all to raise awareness of and funds for the only 501(c)3 organization solely dedicated to helping students and teachers in Broward County Public Schools. After a sumptuous dinner and dessert, Drums of Polynesia once again invoked far-away lands with a series of beautiful, spirited and interactive Polynesian dances that proved guests’ dancing prowess.  Proceeds benefit Broward Education Foundation’s transformational programs and initiatives for students and teachers in Broward County Public Schools. Core focus areas include innovative teaching grants for curriculum development to advance Pre K-12 achievement; school supplies for Title I students and teachers; scholarships for qualified high school seniors; and support of district initiatives the Debate, Chess, TurnAround Arts and more. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $3 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.     

The nonprofit Broward Education Foundation aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing grants for teachers who develop innovative curriculum that increases student outcomes; vitally needed school supplies for students and teachers in Title I schools; scholarships for qualified high school seniors; and support for programs and initiatives like Debate, Scholastic Chess, TurnAround Arts, STEM and more.