On May 29, 2013, close to 500 students, teachers and principals from ten Volusia County Schools descended upon the grounds of Daytona International Speedway for the Food Brings Hope Year End Celebration.
Students enjoyed tram tours of the legendary 2.5 mile track. The tour was followed by a VIP treatment in the elite Daytona 500 Club where they were served a delicious dinner, sponsored by Sodexo. Students were entertained with games, activities and a DJ throughout the event. Mrs. Hosseini, local business-woman and founder of Food Brings Hope, addressed the students and congratulated them on a successful academic year. Ms. Lesa France Kennedy, Vice Chair and CEO of International Speedway Corp, who attended with her son Ben, delivered the keynote address. She encouraged the students to recognize the free gift that is given to each of them: the chance to earn a diploma. She urged them to find a mentor, as she had. And she told the story of how she will continue to support her son Ben and his ambition to become a professional race car driver ONLY IF he completes his education.
Following Mrs. Kennedy's remarks, she and Mrs. Hosseini handed out awards to the citizens of the year from each school. Students received a certificate and a generous gift card to reward their high achievement.
Citizen of the Year Award Recipients
Raven Ball & Corey Warren, Starke Elementary; Hannah Leonard & Ethan Cabral, Osceola Elementary; Isabel Andres & Guillermo Solis, Pierson Elementary; Laila Taylor & Raquan Harris, Turie T. Small Elementary; Zaria Anderson & Natanael Hebert, Westside Elementary; Gabriela Hernandez & Jackie Collins, Campbell Middle; Shalane Rene Kubik & Logann Harris, NSB Middle; Julia Jones & Blake Bochiardy, NSB High; and Maranda Maddox & Jade Williams, Spruce Creek High.
100% of Food Brings Hope overhead is paid for by the Hosseini Family Foundation!
100% of donations to Food Brings Hope directly benefit students.
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