WEST PALM BEACH --- The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. in partnership with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. is pleased to announce the thirty finalists for the 32nd Annual William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education. The recipients will be announced and all finalists, nominees, and past recipients honored at the Dwyer Awards ceremony, presented by The Hanley Center Foundation, to be held on Thursday, April 21 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.TheDwyerAwards.com.
“This year the Economic Council’s Dwyer Awards committee through sponsorship by LRP Communications and its Foundation for Education Technology Conference, added a new category, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and is excited to announce receiving a record number of applications from schools throughout Palm Beach County, notes Mary-Suzanne Powell, Dwyer Awards Chairwoman. “Each year we are proud to showcase Palm Beach County’s most outstanding teachers, and this year is no exception.”
The Dwyer Awards, an annual program developed and supported by the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, honors outstanding educators from public and private schools in Palm Beach County, increases awareness of the exemplary teaching in our community, supports educators with financial awards and encourages all residents to promote high standards for excellence in education. The Economic Council of Palm Beach County is comprised of business leaders who are committed to educational excellence as a key tenet for creating an environment for business to prosper.
“Education is so important. Our team at Hanley Center Foundation believes that educating our community about the dangers of substance abuse is critical to preventing tragic outcomes,” stated Kae Jonsons, CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation CEO, Presenting Sponsor of the event. “Our prevention specialists are out speaking with school-age children, parents, caregivers and teachers everyday so we can raise awareness about this important topic. We value the partnerships we share with our educators, who we know are working so hard to make an impact. It is an honor to support the Dwyer Awards as the presenting sponsor, as we truly believe education is the foundation for future successes in all avenues.”
Excellence Sponsors include BB&T, which sponsored a reception honoring all of the finalists at The Gardens Mall, United Healthcare and Pratt & Whitney. Award Presentation Sponsors are Comcast, Palm Beach Post/Cox Media and LRP Communications’ Foundation for Education Technology Conference. The event Reception Sponsor is FPL. CBS12 is the Official Media Sponsor and produces the videos of all thirty finalists shown at the awards ceremony.
The Economic Council is a nonprofit organization of business leaders committed to creating an environment to help business prosper. The Council is involved with the social, economic, and civic issues in Palm Beach County and is a catalyst and liaison between the public and private sectors fostering dialogue, planning and action on important county and statewide issues.
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is the philanthropic partner for academic excellence in our public schools. The Foundation is committed to providing the highest quality education for all our students, ensuring that our children have the best opportunities in education so that they graduate high school ready for college or career.