Capital Campaign Celebration
It’s been a year since Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center launched its capital campaign, “Opportunity Knocks.” Friends of Palm Beach’s oldest children’s charity gathered at Mar-A-Lago on November 15th to celebrate the campaign’s progress.
“When we began this venture last year, we had some renderings on paper. The new school was just an idea, a goal,” said Dr. Amos Daré who hosted the intimate celebratory dinner along with his wife Maria. “Now we are clearing the lots and getting ready to start construction on the new campus. It’s an exciting time!”
Opportunity plans to break ground in January on a modern 22,000 square foot center on the corner of Donnell Road and Westgate Avenue. Thanks to local individuals and foundations, the capital campaign has raised $6.4 million toward its $8.6 million goal.
“Jillian and I have been involved in building schools all around the world, to help needy children receive the best possible education and improve their lives,” said donor David Gilmour. “Opportunity is right here in our backyard. These are the children of our community. We felt compelled to help.”
Since 1939, Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center has been providing developmental programs for under resourced preschool aged children in Palm Beach County. Opportunity currently serves 96 children, with 300 children on the waiting list.
“We have been at capacity for the last five years, which unfortunately means we have had to turn parents away,” said Opportunity Executive Director Ali Eger. “We can’t wait to open the doors to the new center and be able to say, ‘yes, we have space for your child’.”
The new 3.7acre campus will allow Opportunity to offer a high quality preschool education to more than 250 children and supportive programs to their families.