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    Another Great Gala for the Education Foundation

    Saturday night Lexus of Tampa on N. Dale Mabry came alive with a glittering assembly of Education Foundation of the Knights of the Krewe of Sant' Yago supporters. Everyone was dressed in their finest attire. Once again the Columbia restaurant and the Gonzmart family provided a sumptuous Paella. Casey Gonzmart was on hand accompanied by his new wife. Peter Gambacorta of Private Chef of Tampa served Prosciutto with fresh figs, olives, fresh fruit and cheese along with a variety of nuts. CDB's Southside Italian Restaurant and Grill served a variety of special dishes for the main course along with Montauro Ristorante. For desert Schakolad Chocolate Factory provided filled chocolates and other delights. Moreno Bakery served rolled fruit strudel topped with fresh whipped cream. There was an open bar and the wine flowed freely provided by The Wine Cellar. The University of Tampa Music Students played the piano and the violin to the delight of all assembled.

    The Arena Twins, Sammy and Andrew sang Proud to be an American for all the veterans at the event. The audience joined in as a tribute to all those who have served. The Twins have been performing together since 1959 and are an international legend. They got their start here in Tampa and were the first nationally popular recording group from the area.They have performed with many of the greats including Buddy Hacket, Jose Ferrer, Connie Francis, and Anna Marie Albergetti.

    Fashion models from Neiman Marcus were on hand to model the latest fashions escorted by members of the Krewe. They were extremely tall and statuesque and caught the attention of all they passed by. There were three models in all. The silent auction got off to a slow start but with encouragement from Dr. Rex soon picked up. Toward the end of the auction, which was extended by 10 minutes to allow everyone to bid, the room off the main showroom was packed with those wanting to make a last minute bid.

    It was then time for the live auction which included dinner for 8 donated by Private Chef of Tampa. The bidding started at $500, half of the value and quickly escalated to $900 before being declared sold. Dinner at the Capital Grille for 8 went for $650. A $500 golf package that included wine, balls and a foursome at Saddlebrook sold for $300, way below the actual value. Lastly a pair of diamond stud earrings donated by Mavilo Jewelers appraised at more than $5000 went to a winning bid of $2900. There were bargains to be had. In a special presentation (see photo above) Joe Petrillo, General manager of Lexus of Tampa Bay, presented Dr. Rex with a check for $10 thousand for the Foundation. Dr. Rex then presented Joe with a plaque commemorating the dealership's support of the Foundation for the past 10 years. Finally, the moment all had waited for, the reverse auction to determine the winner of the grand prize of $5000. When the last ball was pulled the owner of ticket number 97 was the lucky winner. He was not there to claim his prize but had left instructions that it be donated back to the Scholarship Fund. It was an event to remember and a good time was had by all..

    A Proud Heritage of Service to the Latino Community

    The outcomes of the financially needy Latino scholars of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago Education Foundation is a story that needs to be told. The Education Foundation was created by a small group of members of the Krewe of Sant’Yago in 1994. This Foundation is a 501 (3) C organization and is separate entity from the Krewe of Sant’Yago.
    The mission, in its most general terms, is to provide safe passage for our modern day students just as The Knights of Sant’ Yago provided safe passage for pilgrims in Spain in the 1400’s. Our Foundation has helped graduate Latino scholars that go on to make a difference here in Tampa. Most of our scholars stay within the area post graduation or go on to graduate schools and return to Tampa to become successful and role models for others.
    This is a small organization of dedicated individuals who share the same goal to improve our community for the long term, both professionally and economically through higher education. As our scholars are economically challenged, our scholarships allow them to finish their higher education. These students represent many of the honor students that graduate from our three institutions.
    Our goals for the next five years are to continually improve our financial resources through fund raisers and endowed scholarships and add to the number to students by 10 each year. This will bring our yearly total to 100 scholars in 2015. The economic impact of this on our community is great and over time the Tampa Bay area will be well served by our scholars.