2020 Mardi Gras Casino Night

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March 2, 2020


Flagler County Education Foundation

Shelley Wheeler


The weather had been questionable all week. We were having a late Florida winter week, and of course, we were in the final plans for the Flagler County Education Foundation’s 17th Annual Mardi Gras event. However, we had no doubt that it would be a fantastic night of fun and games all while supporting the students and teachers of Flagler Schools. Community members from all over Flagler County dressed in their best Mardi Gras garb and joined us at Grand Haven for a Mardi Gras celebration right here in Flagler County. There was no need to travel out of state this year to celebrate Fat Tuesday. 


We were able to honor Mr. & Mrs. Tom Tant as this year’s King & Queen. Each year the Foundation crowns a new King & Queen and this year was no exception. “It was our honor to celebrate Tom & Barbara this year. They have always been a huge supporter of the Flagler County Education Foundation.” Joe Rizzo said emotionally. Tom Tant retired from 28 years with Flagler Schools last week. It was truly a night to celebrate. There were 140 people gathered at Grand Haven on Fat Tuesday. They were all there to celebrate and help raise just over $33,000 to help continue programs like the STUFF Bus, Take Stock in Children, and Teacher Grants. Executive Board member Maria Lavin-Sanhudo led the Mardi Gras Committee this year along with fellow board member Laura Chavez-Salazar, and Kelly Pickering from Palm Coast and the Beaches Real Estate. They did a phenomenal job this year. Eldredge and Davis PA and BB&T were this year’s Presenting Sponsors. 


The newest program FCEF and Flagler Schools are partnering on is the Classroom to Careers Career Coaching Mentor Program which was funded this year through a generous grant from United Way Volusia/Flager. This program builds on the successful TSIC program which stresses the importance of mentoring. The Foundation currently has 67 students from FPC & MHS in the TSIC program. Career Coaching adds an additional layer offering high school students from FPC & MHS a mentor with a background in their chosen career field. They are able to have another significant adult in their life, supporting them towards a career they are interested in pursuing. This program works in conjunction with the Classroom to Careers Flagship programs which have been in Flagler Schools since 2014. The goal this year is to match 150 students with a career coach. If you are interested in becoming a career coach please contact Doug Glasco 386.437.7526 or glascod@flaglerschools.com


Jodi Tager, Jim Tager, FS Superintendent & Joe Rizzo, E.D.

King & Queen- Barbara & Tom Tant

John & Judge Melissa Distler



Established in 1990, The Flagler County Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, committed to generating financial support and awareness to enhance educational programs that benefit students, families, and teachers in Flagler Schools. We have a life-changing role in bringing critical support to children and families who might otherwise go without. We are totally focused on producing healthy, confident, educated future leaders – ensuring that no child is allowed to slip through the cracks. We can be reached online at http://flagleredfoundation.org, or https://www.facebook.com/flaglercountyeducationfoundation and via telephone at 386-437-7526.

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