Celebrating 75 years: Opportunity Inc. commemorates anniversary with gala celebration

Malek C., Sofia J., Emanuela Marcello, & Sarah Miller

The Opportunity Inc. Early Learning Center will close its 75th anniversary season with a celebration of community service March 28 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The gala will start at 7 p.m. and the Bring Generations Together themed evening will bring together 450 of Opportunity Inc. supporters for fun, fundraising and dancing with The Soul Survivors band.

The cocktail hour will feature a historical exhibit of the original shell pieces designed and built by the early founders, forged in 1939 to create income for at-risk families in the community. Steve Weagle will be the master of ceremonies and co-chairpersons include Tara Gronberg, Millie Dayton and Emanuela Marcello.

"We are planning a champagne toast. This is a special occasion and we are proud to be associated with this great organization, a true center of excellence," said Gronberg.

The honorary chairwoman is Carole Lembo and Meredith Michener is the grand benefactor. The corporate sponsors are PNC Bank, The Breakers, Atlantic Trust, Braman BMW, Florida Community Bank and Fox Rothschild LLC.

Opportunity Inc. serves low income, working families with programs designed to break the cycle of poverty through a Five Star early childhood education at the Mary Alice Fortin Center in Westgate. The organization assists families to achieve future academic and life success by providing the best early childhood educational programming and support services, and by assisting their families with strategies to achieve self-sufficiency.