Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation honored Alex and Renate Dreyfoos at the ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ Luncheon, Thursday, February 24th at the Kravis Center.

Luncheon Chairs Alice Randolph and Kristina Yang invited guests to join the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. for the “Let the Good Times Roll” luncheon. The event’s host, WPTV News Channel 5 anchor Ashleigh Walters, introduced exciting performances by current Dreyfoos students, as guests enjoyed a lavish silent auction and gourmet, three-course meal.

Dreyfoos School of the Arts brought the magic back in honor of Alex and Renate Dreyfoos for their constant commitment and passion to a public art high school that has provided outstanding arts education in Palm Beach County for over 30 years.

Proceeds benefited Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, which provides over $1.5 million in support to the school each year. With insufficient public education funding, schools are provided with minimal funds for arts teachers and supplies. Dreyfoos requires appropriate funding to enhance advanced artistic development.

The school and its six art areas greatly depend on support from donors, the business community, and charitable foundations. The Foundation’s goal is to build a strong, suitably funded public high school that provides an advanced arts curriculum, alongside rigorous academic course work, especially one that involves talented students of all backgrounds, in turn, benefiting our community. The Foundation supports these endeavors by providing funding for arts teachers, classroom supplies and materials, technology, guest artists, artists in residence, college prep, scholarships and so much more.

Dreyfoos is ranked the No. 35 magnet high school in the nation and the No. 1 public high school in Palm Beach County. Its graduates attend some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, and art conservatories around the world.

Dreyfoos School of the Arts Principal, Blake Bennett, and Executive Director of the Foundation, Chris Snyder, work together to enrich the students' education by providing funds for the arts and academics.

“Dreyfoos School of the Arts wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation,” said Principal Bennett. “They have been enhancing the programs at Dreyfoos for decades and have helped thousands of students achieve their dreams by bringing opportunities for students to receive a world-class art education.”

Meet Two of Our Students!

Miles Wang, Dreyfoos School of the Arts Senior has many impressive titles and accolades. He serves as the Senior Class representative in Student Government and is the captain of the USA Debate Team, becoming the second student in the state of Florida to be representing the nation in international debate competitions, and is also the president of his school Debate team. He has given back to the community as director of finance for the nonprofit Project Dialogue and Debate, which has raised over $15,000 this year for charity through public speaking workshops, and by co-founding the mentoring organization Future Communicators of Palm Beach. He also runs community service projects as president of the Artists Reaching to Society (ARTS) club, informs his peers as the web managing editor of The Muse newsmagazine, and serves at-risk teens as a student attorney in Palm Beach County Youth Court. Miles, a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Nominee, plans to study economics and government in college with the goal of becoming a policymaker.

Clarissa Benjamin is a Senior Violist at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She started playing the viola in 3rd grade at the title 1 school Plumosa School of the Arts. It was there that she first fell in love with viola. From there she attended Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Throughout her years at Bak she traveled to Chicago to perform at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. As a freshman she performed at the JFK center in Washington DC. To expand her experiences further, she spent many summers volunteering at Nat Cole Generation Hope. INC for summer string programs such as the FSU music camp and SPHINX performance academy. In college, she plans to continue to play music and minor in music performance and join their symphony orchestra.   

The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation provides support for the arts and academic curriculum at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a public arts high school, named among the top 100 public high schools in the nation, among the ten best schools in Florida and the #1 public school in Palm Beach County. Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, Inc. | P.O. Box 552, West Palm Beach, FL 33402 | Phone 561-805-6298 | info@soafi.org