Holy Trinity will host 25th annual Evening of Elegance


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Holy Trinity will celebrate its 25th annual Evening of Elegance fundraising gala on March 11. Pictured are Michelle Shoultz (co-chair), left, Bino Campanini (master of ceremonies), Colleen Middlebrooks (co-chair) and headmaster, James Landi.

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This year's Holy Trinity Evening of Elegance fundraising gala has got it all:

Great food. Great music. A secluded waterfront location. And a worthy  cause.

The 25th Evening of Elegance will begin at 6 p.m. March 11 at Lotus Lake, the South Tropical Trail property of Ed and Cheryl Scott.

This year's theme will be “A Night in Old Florida,” featuring gourmet Florida-inspired cuisine provided by Florida Tech's assistant director of dining services, Evan Olsen, and Chef de Cuisine Jon Skoviera. There also will be bar service and live Top 40 hits played by the South Florida-based band Wonderama.

There also will be a choice raffle drawing where, for a suggested $100 donation for a ticket, one lucky winner will choose between a prize of $10,000, a custom golf cart or one year of tuition to Holy Trinity.

Proceeds from the event will go toward Holy Trinity's Academic Merit Scholarship program. Last year's event raised $130,000 and funded scholarships for 12 academically advanced students in grades 7 to 12 who don't have the financial means to support a Holy Trinity education.

This year's goal is to raise $150,000 and the school has extended the scholarship to include fifth and sixth graders.

“The implementation of the Academic Merit Scholarship has provided a dozen extraordinarily bright young people with the opportunity to attend Holy Trinity and to better their academic futures,” Holy Trinity headmaster James Landi said in a press release.

“We are also keenly aware that in just a short time, these students have had a tremendously positive impact on our school as well. It is my sincere hope that we may meet and exceed our fundraising goal this year to be able to expand this worthwhile program to additional students who, like those selected last year, demonstrate strong moral character, outstanding academic ability and financial need.”

Colleen Middlebrooks, a Holy Trinity parent and director of community relations for Home Health Care of Florida, is co-chairing the event with Michelle Shoultz.

Shoultz, also a Holy Trinity parent, is a licensed professional engineer and president of Frazier Engineering, Inc., a construction and engineering firm.

Bino Campanini, vice president of alumni affairs for Florida Tech and the executive director of the FIT Alumni Association, will serve as master of ceremonies. Campanini's son, Luca, is a Holy Trinity graduate and his son, Carlo, is a junior.

As Middlebrooks pointed out, this year's event will be more special because it's being hosted by the Scott family, who are well known for their philanthropic endeavors, including donations to fund the Scott Center for Worship & the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity's Upper School and the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Tech.

“I am very excited to be the MC this year, not only because of my connection to Holy Trinity through my sons Luca and Carlo but also due to the involvement of my alma mater Florida Tech,” Campanini said. “Our trustee, Ed Scott, is hosting. Florida Tech's Evan Olsen is catering; and alumni Chad and Michelle Shoultz are sponsoring.

“The event has a spectacular location, great auction items, and I promise those who attend that we will have a fun evening.”

Tickets for the event are $200 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event and range from $1,000 to $10,000. Sponsor benefits include inclusion in all event promotions and advertising materials, including the Holy Trinity website, social media and sponsor banners at both Holy Trinity campuses. 

To purchase sponsorships, to register as a guest or to purchase a ticket for the choice raffle drawing, go to  htacademy.org/eoe. For questions, call 321-723-8323, ext. 365.