Ruth Lynch, Lisa Scott Founds, Shane Strum, Max Osceola, Jr., Elaine Saef, James F. Griffin II, Patrick McQuaid, Keith Koenig, Christina Fischer, Robert Runcie (Photo credit: Downtown Photo)
Broward Education Foundation inducted seven community luminaries and champions in education to its Hall of Fame at the Publix Super Markets Charities “2017 Hall of Fame Breakfast” presented by Memorial Healthcare System. The Hall of Fame honors and recognizes distinguished alumni of Broward County Public Schools.
Keith Koenig, president and CEO of City Furniture, received the JM Family Enterprises Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring an alumnus who has made an indelible mark in the community. Koenig graduated from Northeast High School in 1969 and has been a philanthropist and advocate for education and children for more than 40 years.
The three inductees who received the Bank of America Community Achievement Award for their contributions to the community were:
- Lisa Scott Founds, President and CEO of Winterfest, Stranahan High School, Class of 1981
- Max Osceola, Jr., Native American Issues Consultant,McArthur High School, Class of 1968
- Shane Strum, Senior Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood Hills High School, Class of 1988
Receiving The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, Café & Casino Education Achievement Award for their dedication to a career in public education were:
- James F. Griffin II, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School Principal, Dillard High School, Class of 1989
- Patrick McQuaid, Nova High School Athletic Director, Nova High School, Class of 1968
- Elaine Saef, Panther Run Elementary School Principal, Hollywood Hills High School, Class of 1982
The names of the inductees will forever be etched on granite stars lining the BrightStar Credit Union “Walk of Fame” outside of the Broward County Public Schools District Office.
“We are deeply committed to community involvement and are proud to help shine the spotlight on the importance of education,” said Nicole Krauss, Media and Communications Manager for Publix Super Markets Charities and emcee of the event. “These Hall of Fame honorees have set the standard for supporting our community with their time and talents and their contributions will impact generations to come.”
During the Hall of Fame breakfast, Broward Education Foundation paid special tribute to Brian W. Dassler, Ph.D., former Florida Department of Education Deputy Chancellor of Quality Education and Cooper City High School class of 1997 alumnus, who passed away earlier this year.
Additional sponsors included D. Stephenson Construction, Inc., Comcast, Wells Fargo and Charter Schools of Excellence.
About the Broward Education Foundation:
Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) aligns with Broward County Public Schools by providing support for innovative teaching to advance Pre K-12 achievement; critically needed educational materials for Title I school teachers and students, and scholarships for qualified high school seniors. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million to Broward County schools, serving as the catalyst for educational excellence.