Philanthropy Notes: Planned arts center names key fundraiser

Philanthropy Notes: Planned arts center names key fundraiser

The Center for Arts and Innovation, a campus to be constructed in Boca Raton, has named a veteran nonprofit leader to the position of executive director of leadership gifts.

Jan Savarick will serve as the liaison for a group of donors known as the Center’s Vanguards who will help fund the next phase of the capital campaign.

“Jan is an incredibly respected and highly regarded leader in the nonprofit sector and has spearheaded some of the most ambitious campaigns in South Florida,” Chairwoman and CEO Andrea Virgin said. “The addition of her unique perspective and expertise perfectly positions the center as we translate this transformative vision into physical reality.”

Most recently, Savarick was executive director for presidential initiatives at Florida Atlantic University. Previously, she was president of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

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Boca Garden Club to host quilt auction
The Boca Raton Garden Club is partnering with Quilt Guild by the Sea to present a quilt auction at 3 p.m. April 5 that is free to attend for the public and includes light refreshments.

Taking place at the clubhouse at 4281 NW Third Ave., the auction will serve as a fundraiser.

“We are pleased to be able to showcase some of the work of our very talented members and offer their quilts for auction to the community,” said Linda Eddy, guild president. “We want to promote the art of quilting as well as raise some money for both the guild and the garden club’s charities.”

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Milagro Center launches reading program for kids
In response to a recent report showing nearly two-thirds of third-graders in Delray Beach public schools are failing in reading, Milagro Center has launched an emergency fundraising initiative called “CODE READ.”

“CODE READ” aims to assist underserved students after school and in summer camp to improve their skills and achieve grade-level literacy.

“These statistics are alarming, especially for the children we serve, all of whom come from families that live below the federal poverty line,” Barbara Stark, president and CEO of the center, said of the report. “Advancing from third to fourth grade is a critical marker for academic success; falling short of that, students are four times more likely to drop out of high school, lowering their earning power as adults and possibly costing society in welfare.”

Through the “CODE READ” initiative, the nonprofit is asking for donations starting at $45 for one teaching session per student.