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CONTACT KURT CONOVER – 727-233-2968


The Concourse Council Makes $8,000 Investment in Pasco Education Foundation

Pasco County, Florida (July 19, 2016) The Concourse Council, Inc. made an $8,000 donation the Pasco Education Foundation on Monday, July 18, 2016. The money will be used for future scholarships for eight (8) Pasco County High School Graduates.

Stacey Capogrosso, Executive Director of the Pasco Education Foundation and Jannah McDonald, Marketing & events Coordinator for the Pasco Education Foundation, joined Concourse Officers and Directors on Monday, July 18 for the check presentation.

About the Concourse Council, Inc.

The Concourse Council, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the development of educational, recreational, cultural, and entertainment services for the residents of Pasco County, the Nature coast, Tampa Bay and visitors to Florida. With 216 acres of wetlands, uplands, wooded areas, and open grasslands. The Concourse is home to a wide variety of Florida's Ecology as well as plant and animal life.

The property's 216 acres is also available to host a wide variety of events including: concerts, plays, weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, organizational rallies and cultural events such as arts and crafts fairs, music festivals, and fundraiser’s.
The Concourse is also host to Pasco Safety Town, a realistic six-acre, child-sized town, designed to provide complete hands-on safety education for school children ages 5-8. The town has paved streets, working traffic signals, miniature buildings and even a railroad crossing. This was all created to be educational and exciting, as well as authentic for the kids.
The Rotary Pavilion was added to The Concourse property in 2004, with the efforts of The Concourse Council, Inc., New Port Richey Rotary Club and other generous clubs, organizations and businesses. The Pavilion is a beautiful, covered, open sided 10,000 square foot arena available for rental to the public, service clubs, civic groups, non-profit and for profit organizations. For more information contact the Concourse at (727) 233-2968 or visit www.theConcourse.org

About the Pasco Education Foundation

The Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. was established in February of 1991 to increase involvement in Pasco County’s public schools, to channel funds from the private sector into programs enhancing public education, to encourage imaginative and creative approaches to teaching, and to recognize and reward excellence in education.  The Foundation is a direct support, nonprofit, 501(c) 3 organization providing support for programs where tax dollars cannot be used and where budgets fall short.

Since its inception, many committed individuals, businesses and organizations have contributed time and money to support the Foundation’s work, enabling the Foundation to disburse nearly $1,000,000 each year to fund creative teaching grants, scholarships, awards, program support, staff development and educational materials to the students and staff of Pasco County Schools.  In addition, numerous in-kind contributions and supplies, as well as volunteer hours are donated by local businesses and civic-minded individuals and organizations to help achieve our mission.

The Pasco Education Foundation is proud to be the lead agency for the highly successful Take Stock in Children program. Their mission is to help low-income children maintain grades and behavior, graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens. A Take Stock in Children scholarship offers each child a multi-year commitment providing a support system, a college tuition scholarship, a volunteer mentor to motivate and guide the student, and a student advocate to support academic goals and offer college/career counseling.

The Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. is comprised of a 20-member Board of Directors including representatives of local businesses and community organizations.  Members of the Board of Directors serve two year terms and many have continued on for several terms.  Foundation staff and board members are dedicated to advancing student achievement in Pasco County Schools. Board members and staff actively participate in Foundation events and on committees. They are committed to helping provide quality education to prepare all students to be college, career and life ready.

L-R: Thad, Lowrey; Scott Schuering; Barbara Sharp; Jeff Montgomery; Stacey Capogrosso; Jannah McDonald; Steve Luikart; Jim Campbell and Kurt J. Conover. Missing Concourse Council Board Members include: Candace Glewen and Al Messina