Communities in Schools Gala Raises $170K to Support Local Students

Shown (l-r) is Communities in School CEO Leon Baxton, Rodolfo Rivera, Fidelity National Financial (CIS Board Member) Natalee McKenley, Toastmasters International and Chris Sneed, Hope for Housing and Maria Rivera
CIS Staff
Communities In Schools of Jacksonville (CIS) raised more than $170,000 at its 30th anniversary gala to benefit the nonprofit’s wraparound programs designed to help local students stay on track for graduation.  The event, A Toast to the Tassel was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown.
More than 350 people attended the milestone anniversary event, where they enjoyed cocktails, a silent auction and dinner, the unveiling of new student-focused videos and an interactive gallery experience.
CIS has helped more than 110,000 students since its inception, with many participating in multiple programs from elementary through high school. The organization provides case management, afterschool and literacy initiatives from within 37 Duval County Public Schools.
Communities in School CEO Leon Baxton
Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and achieve in life. Operating within schools since 1990, the Jacksonville affiliate serves more than 7,000 students in 37 schools annually with nationally recognized literacy, case management and afterschool programs. To learn more about CIS programs and the Moving the Tassel campaign, visit

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