VIERA ― The Take Stock in Children program, a part of Brevard Schools Foundation (BSF), is hosting its seventh annual Reach for the Stars Gala on Saturday, September 14, at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour Beach.

Funds raised from this event ensure that the Take Stock in Children program can fulfill its mission of helping low income, at-risk students break the generational cycle of poverty by providing mentoring, education, and a 2-year college scholarship to make higher education possible for these students.

The Take Stock in Children of Brevard program has a 100% high school graduation rate. Along with the success of students involved in Take Stock in Children, the Brevard program has earned Gold Level standing, the highest award available for their impact in the lives of children.

The evening will kick-off with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Guests can bid on a wide-array of beautiful baskets featuring items such as restaurant and retail gift cards, travel and theme park tickets, wine and spirits, dazzling jewelry, home décor items, golf packages, sports memorabilia and more. The silent auction will remain open for on-line bidding as guests adjourn to the main dining room for a lovely dinner presented by the talented culinary team at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. Following a brief program, a professional auctioneer will fire-up the crowd with a live auction that will include fabulous travel, one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items. Guests will cap off the evening with music and dancing.

“We are incredibly grateful to our Gala sponsors for their support of this event which raises vital dollars for our Take Stock in Children program,” said Janice Kershaw, BSF President/CEO. “Providing even more value to their already generous donation is that fact that all donations for this event are matched 100% by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.”

Sponsors to date include:

Gator Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram of Melbourne

Dr. Ravi & Ambika Palaniyandi

Jerry & Kay Cantrell

Jim & Mary Clamons

Bud & Kim Deffebach

Reddick Orthodontics

Community Credit Union

Harris Corporation

Dr. Terry & Ava Cronin

Eastern Florida State College

JW Edens Insurance- Scott Steele

Miller & Hurt Wealth Advisors

The Viera Company

Melbourne Regional Medical Center

Rockledge Regional Medical Center

Wharton Smith

Jenni Bixby

Susan Moore

“And of course, none of this would be possible without our amazing committee members who work diligently, behind-the-scenes for months in advance to ensure that this event is a complete success,” said Ms. Kershaw.

Co-chairing this year’s event are sisters, Tammy Gemmati and Tracy Shepard. Other community members serving on the committee are: Christine Tripp, Jim Clamons, Irma Jolly and Brittnee Joseph. BSF staff Del Jordan and Susan Knowles and Tracy Steele are also on the committee.

Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available.

For more information, contact Del Jordan at 321-633-1000 ext. 11462, by email, or visit visit

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