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Wells Fargo, Sapoznik and Others Honored at The Education Fund's Taste of Education

MIAMI, Feb. 6. 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Education Fund (EducationFund.org) kicks off 2017 with A Taste of Education, presented by Sapoznik Insurance, on Thursday, Feb. 9. It will be an evening dedicated to celebrating volunteers and the culinary dreams of high school students. 

For a second consecutive year, A Taste of Education will showcase the talents of students in 30 culinary programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The students will prepare gourmet bites and compete for top prizes. Volunteers like CBS4 anchor Rudabeh Shahbazi, the emcee for the night, and other volunteers will be honored while enjoying this South Beach Food & Wine-styled festival. Honorees include Wells Fargo and World Fuel Services, the top two companies with the most volunteers, and Sapoznik Insurance, Kaufman Rossin, and Stearns Weaver Miller, all of which had the top fund-raising teams.  

Local top chefs (including Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar, Four Seasons Miami; Brian Nasajon, Beaker & Gray; Misha Gomez, Misha's Cupcakes; and Genny Komar, Johnson & Wales University) will judge the culinary competition and award more than $1,000 in prizes.

"With a booming culinary industry in Miami, we need to support high school students that are prepping for careers in hospitality. A Taste of Education gives them a taste of the big time and much-needed hands-on experience," said Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund, a nonprofit that produces innovative programs for public schools in Miami-Dade County. 

A Taste of Education also celebrates the 270 volunteers who participated in the 2016 Teach-A-Thon. This campaign, sponsored by Wells Fargo, Assurant Foundation and Sapoznik Insurance. The purpose was to foster awareness about the teaching profession and teaching quality, while raising money for educators and their students. 

During the nine years The Education Fund has held the Teach-A-Thon, the campaign has raised more than $430,000 for local schools. In it, CEOs and local business leaders "step into the shoes" of local public school teachers and prepare and deliver lessons to students from K through 12. This year volunteers included Wells Fargo South Florida Region President Joe Atkinson, Sapoznik Insurance CEO Rachel Sapoznik, Stearns Weaver Miller Shareholder Darrell Payne, Kaufman Rossin Partner Nick Tootle, GMCVB CEO Bill Talbert and many others. 

About The Education Fund
The Education Fund brings innovative methods to local Miami-Dade County public schools. Visit educationfund.org.

Contact: Patricia Maldonado

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