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13th Annual CCE Spring Luncheon

Talbott Maxey, Steve Myers and Kit Pannill . Photo by Christopher Fay

Talbott Maxey, Steve Myers and Kit Pannill . Photo by Christopher Fay


(PALM BEACH) – The sun was shining as more than 250 guests gathered at the oceanfront home of Steve Myers for the 13th Annual Center for Creative Education Spring Luncheon, “Discover Your Heritage.” As the breeze rolled off the beach, attendees were all smiles listening to Ms. Lipinski’s third grade students from Hidden Oaks Elementary School present “The Ellis Island Effect,” a visual, musical and theatrical program showcasing what they’ve learned through assistance from CCE this spring.

As guests entered the Luncheon, they were welcomed by students who took them through the “living museum” they created over the past 10 weeks with guidance from CCE teaching artist, Ronni Gerstel. Guests were encouraged to put pins on a map representing their ancestry while the students gave them a history lesson about their handmade, eight-foot tall paper mache Statue of Liberty. The afternoon created the perfect opportunity for guests to see and hear firsthand how CCE collaborates with local schools to infuse arts into the classroom curriculum.

“We are so grateful to our wonderful sponsors, committee members and co-chairs, Kenn Karakul and Talbott Maxey, for making this year’s Luncheon a success,” said Robert Hamon, CCE’s interim chief executive officer. “The Spring Luncheon was a fantastic afternoon featuring the hard work and commitment of the children, Hidden Oaks staff, CCE staff and artists. It was gratifying to see the guests interacting with the students as they were telling them what they’ve learned and how much it means to participate in CCE programming. CCE also extends special thanks to Jim and Irene Karp for providing funding for the ‘Ellis Island Effect’ project.”

“The Ellis Island Effect” project used art forms such as visual and written arts, voice, drama and movement to teach the students lessons in social studies, language arts and creative writing. Through CCE’s programming, the arts are infused into classroom curriculum and after-school settings to enhance the teaching of traditional academic subjects – improving each child’s learning potential and academic performance, increasing overall enthusiasm about school and shaping more productive, responsible community members that exercise creative problem solving throughout life.

“This is arts integration at its best, it is the collaboration not only between the artist the classroom teacher but included the music teacher, and the media specialist all set in an environment where learning and creativity are recognized and rewarded by the principal,” said Shawn Berry, Center for Creative Education Programs Director.

Kenn Karakul and Talbott Maxey were co-chairs for CCE’s Spring Luncheon. Committee members included: Ashton Battle, Susan Bodnar Malloy, Paula Butler, Kelly Cushing, Susie Dwinell, Jack Elkins, Wendy Fritz, Lou Lou and Jamie Gordon, Cheryl Gowdy, Vicki Halmos, Vicki and Chris Kellogg, Connie Lacaillade, Donna Long, Blanche McCoun, Pam Miller, Casey Pickett, Suebelle Robbins, Jeanne Rosow, Missy Savage, Alex Snyder, Carol Anne Stiglmeier, Michele Vogel, Katherine Ward, Elizabeth Wetherell and Sharon Wiggins.

Center for Creative Education’s Spring Luncheon presenting sponsors were Fite Shavell & Associates and Jack Elkins & Bunny Hiatt. Gold sponsors were Mrs. Lollie Stone, Margaret & John Shaffer and Sheila & Nathaniel Crosby; and James Held & Kenn Karakul Charitable Foundation. Silver sponsors were J.P. Morgan Chase and Paula Butler. Bronze sponsors were Alice Z. Pannill and Dan and Mary Stanton. Patron sponsors were Michael and Barbara Crimi, Carolyn Jenkins Jaeger, Ray Lucchetti, Blanche McCoun, Gordon McCoun, Sam and Anita Michaels, Smith and Moore Architects, James Tigani Jr. and Weeks & Calloway. Raffle sponsors were Provident Jewelry and Seaman Schepps.

Proceeds from the Luncheon benefited programming and operating expenses for the Center for Creative Education. For more information about the Center for Creative Education, please call (561) 805-9927 or visit .



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