Amanda Page, Director of Development and Marketing

Our 2016 Head and Heart Awards Luncheon has now passed, but we are still celebrating! This event was heart-warming and all 420+ guests were inspired by our four Head and Heart Award honorees who are committed to living and promoting social and emotional intelligence. 


Our keynote speaker, professor of the Social Stuheadshotdies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age gave a thought-provoking presentation. She revealed that many are in a love affair with their phones and that “the romance with our phones takes away from face-to-face conversations.” In closing, she shared that technology “…makes us forget what we know about life. When it comes to certain things, we really need people. What has been most striking is how difficult it is for us to give each other full attention when we have our devices and how much we’re losing out.”

And finally, all Top 20 winners of our annual photography contest, Focus, were displayed as guests admired their young work. Alexandra Obar, this year’s Overall Winner, was present and shared the meaning behind her award-winning photo.  She captured the attention of columnist Ernest Hooper, who included Alexandra is his weekly column.

With the support of our sponsors and guests, we raised more than $50,000 and received the $50,000 match gift donated by Triad Foundation! During the 2016-2017 school year, we will reach approximately 32,000 students in Hillsborough County. The gifts given at this event will allow our team to effectively provide social and emotional training to each one of them and their educators.

We’re extremely grateful for our community’s partnership in developing the whole child, from the inside out.