Help us reach our goal!
The Masque-For-Aid Challenge is a two-week long fundraising campaign to replace our signature gala held annually, A Table at Le Cirque, due to Covid.
In support of the students and families that GEC serves, five of our benevolent donors stepped up to make this unique challenge possible. They invite you to join them in supporting the Gargiulo Education Center.
Here is how the challenge works:
We ask that you donate to one or all of our programs and pick a challenger to match. Your donation can be in one lump sum or get friends together to match that amount and pass the challenge on!
RON & LISA FENECH’S $30,000
Academic and Administrative Donation Challenge
Education is our number one priority throughout all our programs offered at GEC and is evident with 18% of our students achieving straight A’s in 2021.
ALEX & RICKI MILLER’S $30,000
Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Program Donation Challenge
This program offers students first hand understanding of potential career paths along with professional ethics, social skills and leadership.
BOB & MEG MILANO’S $12,000
S.M.A.R.T. Program Donation Challenge
Building Emotional Intelligence is a unique and critical program addressing mental health stigma along with supporting students who suffer from anxiety, anger and depression.
JIM & DONNA COOK’S $10,000
S.T.E.A.M. Program Donation Challenge
This program focuses on science, technology, engineering, art/music and mathematics to prepare our students for challenging careers in these fields.
THE WASIE FOUNDATION $5,000
Summer Camp Donation Challenge
This summer program keeps our students safe and engaged while combining academics, nutrition, art, math, yoga, acting, music, sports, science and sometimes even flying.
This two-week fundraising campaign culminated with a private, VIP event as a thank you to our donors on March 29th at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.
The event is featured live music by saxophonist Yasel Barrera soloist and a special performance featuring Gargiulo students and singing sensation Ben Allen, a recent semifinalist contestant on The Voice. Elver Alonso, a Gargiulo Education Center student will be accompanying Ben on guitar.
In addition, extraordinary masks created by our students raised over $1,700! There are still masques available and you can select your favorite to take home with a donation to the center.
Don’t forget donations over $20 come with a one-of-a-kind masque made by the students of Gargiulo Education Center. CLICK HERE to view the gallery and make your selection.