Fundraiser for Charter High School goes Medieval

VERO BEACH — The Indian River Charter High School will be exploring the Middle Ages this year at its major annual fundraiser, with a performance entitled, “The Quest – Reason for the Journey.”  Step back in time with the first dinner show on Thursday, November 4, with general admission tickets priced at $39 per person.  A second performance on Friday, November 5 is dedicated to IRCHS sponsors, with tickets priced at $95 per person or $600 per table of 7.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.

In the best IRCHS tradition, both evenings will feature talent from all departments, including Drama, Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Dance, and Visual Arts. The entire student performance takes place as a dinner show.  A menu, featuring marinated game hen, will be prepared by the IRSC Culinary Institute and served by students in period costumes. Essentially, every student will have a role in this great fall tradition.

New this year is the Children’s Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday November 6. Continuing with the medieval theme, the event is designed for elementary age children to learn more about art and this special era.  Attendees will work hand in hand with IRCHS students to create individual and unique art, and entertainment will be provided by IRCHS students.  Dress‐up in medieval attire is encouraged and costumed attendees will receive a free raffle ticket for a Swatch Watch.

A donation of $5 will provide a chance to win a 14k yellow and white gold pendant by jewelry designer Harvey Kornicks. This is a unique item with more than one‐half ounce of gold.

This year, the school will also introduce the “Wall of the Wolf Pack,” designed to honor donors who have combined contributions of more than $1,000.  Their generous support to the capital campaign, performing ensembles, specific needs, and student scholarships has enhanced this wonderful, creative, learning environment.

Fundraising is especially critical this year as the school begins construction of eight classrooms and science laboratories. These will partially replace the decaying portables. The Board of Directors, led by Gene Waddell and in cooperation with the local school board, have agreed to use school tax millage to help support this effort.

While this is common practice for other public schools, it is a true first for IRCHS. Until now, no county taxpayer money has been used for capital projects. However, whatever monies can be secured independently reduces budget pressure on operating funds.

Charter schools do not receive funding equal to the other public schools in Indian River County. The school proudly operates on much less but tries to provide much more.  Over the past eight years, the school’s fundraising efforts have provided more than $1,000,000 to various funds.

Information:  Call (772) 567-6600

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