Nov 072012

ReNEW Schools’ “Future Takes Flight: Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser” on Thursday (Nov. 8) will raise money to send about 500 ReNEW students on chaperoned, guided college trips.

For more information see the following information from ReNEW:

ReNEW Schools Future Takes Flight: Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser
November 8, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm
3128 Constance Street, New Orleans, 70130

Featuring music from the Yat Pack and food and hand-crafted cocktails from restaurants city-wide, this party will be a great time for the benefit of a great cause: the cultural education and college focus of ReNEW k-12 students. As part of our schools’ college-track focus, this summer we will send 450-500 K-12 students on chaperoned, guided college trips to cities throughout the US. Proceeds from Future Takes Flight will go to help fund specific needs of these trips, from college tshirts, to bus passes, to admission to museums and tours. These eye-opening trips allow our scholars the opportunity to engage with a culture and city that is distinctly different from their own; your support will help fund targeted needs for these experiences.

A little background on ReNEW: we operate 5 schools serving over 2300 k-12 students throughout the Uptown and Irish Channel area, including 2 Irish Channel high schools which are basically a last-stop for very at-risk youth that have dropped out previously, been incarcerated, or had other problems which have severely impacted their prospects for the future. ReNEW’s aim is to turn their direction around 180 degrees, and we are making strong headway, with 53% of all ReNEW students on a college track. ReNEW has a goal of making system-wide change in the New Orleans k-12 public education system and is on track to meet a 2014-15 goal of serving 10% of the city’s youth.

Patron Party tickets which include Atchafalaya Restaurant-catered food and a 5:30-6:30 party at head-of-school Gary Robichaux’s house, are $250. The Patron Party will allow guests to interact directly with students who have benefitted from these trips in the past and can speak as to their effectiveness in opening scholars’ eyes to college and beyond. Tickets to the main event are $100 and there are also sponsorship opportunities available at various levels for interested businesses – please help us spread the word about these! To purchase or for more info, please visit us online at:

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