A familiar name to many philanthropic organizations in Palm Beach County will now greet passersby and guests of Northwood Village and the Center for Creative Education.
The 2015 Center for Creative Education Donor Appreciation Dinner marked the official naming of West Palm Beach’s newly renovated and highly acclaimed Arts Integration center in early December.
Staged in honor of past and present supporters of the facility, The Center for Creative Education (CCE) officially announced the generous gift of two million dollars and the foundation name that will grace the outside of the building.
CCE Chief Executive Officer, Robert Hamon toasted and acknowledged Clare O’Keeffe, the Executive Trustee of the Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation, for her generous gift. Hamon unveiled digital signage showcasing the center’s external walls with The Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation name.
Hamon told guests, the “gift is an unrestricted one to be used to the greatest good of CCE. We will use a significant portion of this gift to create an endowment for CCE which will ensure that we are here for all of our students in the future.”
Center for Creative Education student, Lenny Garcia, honored O’Keeffe with a bouquet of roses as dinner guests recognized her with a standing ovation in the center’s Rehearsal Hall.
Hamon concluded, “For any nonprofit a gift of that magnitude is a game changer, but it’s more than just the momentary impact. It is much more important to me that the Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation and specifically Clare O’Keeffe believe in us enough to make that investment in our future. They have invested in a group of important organizations in this community. We are incredibly proud to have their name on our new facility.”
The evening was a huge success and included a conversation with legendary photographer Harry Benson, moderated by local artist and CCE Board member, Bruce Helander. In attendance where Jim Diack and Laura Evans, Conrad Hilton III, Holly and Jack McAuliffe, Kenn Karakul and Jim Held, Bert and Sallie Korman, Bill and Wendy Fritz, Jim and Irene Karp and other important guests. CCE Board members Vicki Halmos and Pam Miller also attended with honorary CCE exhibiting artist Bev Myers.