Emeril Lagasse’s Evening for Education was recently held at Fish Out of Water in WaterColor, and the event raised over $143,000 to benefit local education. The charity event served as the official kick-off for the Investing in the Children, Community and Future Campaign — a $4 million effort to expand Seaside Neighborhood School to a K-12 charter school system.
“Meaningful education for the children of South Walton is a cause my wife, Alden, and I want to support in any way we can,” said Lagasse. “Seaside Neighborhood School is doing incredible things for our community, and its programs should be expanded and available to more students.”
Thanks to a few early lead gifts from 33 families, friends and corporate partners, the Seaside School Foundation has raised more than $2.3 million toward their $4 million goal.
During the kick-off celebration, Chef Lagasse — along with Fish Out of Water’s Chef Brian Murray — prepared an exquisite meal for 90 guests. Seaside School Board member Jane Solomon began the evening by welcoming guests, followed by a champagne toast by Chefs Lagasse and Murray. Fred Maglione then discussed the history and progress of the expansion effort and the ambitious $4 million capital campaign.
The $4 million capital campaign will expand the high-achieving academic curriculum and success of Seaside Neighborhood School to offer K-12 education for students in South Walton. Plans include a new elementary school campus and further expansion of the recently opened Seacoast Collegiate High School.