Light the Way is a Scholarship Gala, raising scholarships for students who rely on tuition assistance to attend Community Christian School (CCS). This year’s gala will take place on March 9 from 5-9pm at the FSU University Club.
This event began last year, with speaker Pam Tebow, raising $150,000 benefiting 75 students. These students received scholarships that covered $2,000 out of their $8,000 annual tuition. These scholarships benefited 25% of the students enrolled at CCS and are determined by financial need.
Headmaster David Pinson explained the scholarships gained are so impactful to CCS, “We never want a financial issue to be a reason to stop a child from attending CCS.”
Anne Munson, the Director of Institutional Development at CCS, told Tallahassee Reports that “CCS would be a very different school without these students and scholarship opportunities.”
Munson said that the most rewarding part of the gala occurs when the Scholarship Story video is aired. Munson explains, “We show a video from one of the scholarship families where they talk about what the school means to them and what the scholarship means. This is an inspiring and heartwarming video that shows participants where their donations are going”.
Last year, Coach Bobby Bowden was a celebrity guest and one of the main supporters of the event. This year, Bowden is a speaker along with singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman.
Many CCS students will be involved with the gala. This will allow gala participants to get to know those who benefit from the event.
Supporters of the gala range from families to business leaders in the community. Anyone who is willing to donate to have a seat at one of the gala tables can participate. If participants are not able to make the event, separate donations are accepted. Also, there will be a silent auction which opens February 22 and closes at the gala. Recipients do not have to be present to win.
To be a part of Light the Way, visit https://myccs.org/40thgala