Alumni to be inducted into Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame
The Broward Education Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit organization that supports public schools in Broward County, will be honoring seven “Hall of Fame Distinguished” alumni inductees at a breakfast Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Global Grille and Event Center, 301 E Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
This inaugural event is part of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, and an opportunity to showcase many of the outstanding leaders educated in the community’s public schools.
Dr. Dorothy Jackson Orr, a 1949 graduate of Dillard High School who retired after 30 years with the Broward County Public Schools, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Outstanding Achievement Awards will be presented to City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby B. DuBose, a 1989 graduate of Plantation High School; Alan Levy, president and CEO of Great American Farms Inc., a 1958 graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School; and Terry Stiles, chairman and CEO of Stiles Corporation, who graduated from Northeast High School in 1965.
Recipients in the Education Achievement Award category include Tropical Elementary School Principal Erik Anderson, a graduate of South Plantation High School, class of 1985; Susan Franklin Adams Colton, principal of Parkside Elementary, who has 35 years of experience as a Broward County Public Schools educator and graduated in 1968 from Pompano Beach High School; and art teacher and theater director Lori Sessions, a member of the J.P. Taravella High School class of 1989.
“We are pleased that such an impressive group of alumni was nominated for the Hall of Fame,” said BEF President and CEO Jorene Jameson. “Our judges had a tough time choosing from the overwhelming number of candidates we received. The response clearly showed us that a Hall of Fame program is needed to showcase the many successful graduates of Broward County Public Schools.”
Twan Russell, former Miami Dolphins player, and the team’s current director of youth and community programs, is the Broward Education Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebrity spokesperson. He will serve as master of ceremonies for the awards event. Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, and a graduate of Stranahan High School class of 1978, will be the keynote speaker at the “Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Breakfast.”
Hall of Fame sponsors include BrightStar Credit Union as the presenting sponsor, McKinley Financial as the supporter of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Bank of America as the sponsor of the Outstanding Achievement Awards and Patriot National Insurance Group for the Education Achievement Award. AutoNation is an event sponsor.
Established in 1983, BEF raises support from the private sector and charitable foundations to provide post-secondary student scholarships to college or trade-bound high school graduates who have exhausted all other sources of support, teacher grants to support innovative curriculum in the classroom and free school supplies to teachers and students in Title I, low-income, schools through the Tools for Schools Broward center in Pompano Beach.
For more information, call 754-321-2033 or visit www. browardedfoundation.org.
Maureen Dinnen, left, and Frank Mandley
Terry Stiles, left, and Robert Runcie
Sam Chesser, left, and Dr. Dorothy Orr
Susan Colton, left, and Erik Anderson