Montessori school hosting annual gala fundraiser

The Share the Love event will raise money for the school's new campus in Winter Garden


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Montessori Winter Garden Charter School is ready to “Share the Love” at its fund-raising gala from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 27. It event will take place at the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando.

The evening will feature a VIP reception with a violinist and cellist, a tour of the art museum, silent auction, wine grab, buffet, masseurs and a henna artist and Jared Violin as the featured entertainment. Maxine’s on Shine is catering the gala.

Individual tickets are $45 and $75. The colors for this year’s black-tie affair are black, white and fuchsia.

The VIP reception will feature two widely known local musicians, Lisa Ferrigno, a violinist and concertmaster with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Walt Disney World Orchestras, and Norma Huff, a freelance cellist in Central Florida for the past 17 years. Jared Violin will perform an avant-garde electric violin performance during the main event. A silent auction with electronic bidding includes more than 150 different unique items and experience packages, such as artwork, theme park tickets, spa packages and other donations from the Central Florida area.

“It’s a great opportunity to participate in an auction of beautiful art; hear famous modern violinist Jared Violin; meet the community, the faculty and staff; and to have an elegant adults-only evening of live music and delicious food,” said Patrice M. Cherico, executive director of the school.

For more information on the Share the Love Gala, call (407) 654-2045. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit the school’s capital campaign to raise funds for a new facility that will be built in Winter Garden. The school has proposed three sites to Orange County and is waiting on its charter renewal.

The Montessori charter school is at 855 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. It provides a Montessori education program for kindergarten through eighth grade and offers pre-kindergarten as well.