Florida CFO, Alex Sink joins New World School of the Arts and the MDC Foundation, during reception honoring Bank of America’s 20-year commitment to NWSA students
MIAMI--- On Thursday, January 17, New World School of the Arts and The Miami Dade College Foundation hosted a lunch reception honoring Bank of America’s vision, dedication and commitment to NWSA, to the arts and to the South Florida community. An unwavering partner, founder and supporter of NWSA, Bank of America currently has a one million dollar endowment benefiting the college division of the famed school. Scholarships generated with these funds, have helped more than 200 young visual artists, dancers, musicians and theater performers realize their dreams over the past two decades. Currently, twenty-seven NWSA students representing the four arts divisions benefit from a Bank of America scholarship.
Alex Sink, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, and founding NWSA supporter, offered a lively and inspiring recount of her twenty-year involvement with NWSA, dating back to her tenure as a Miami executive with NCNB, a Bank of America legacy institution. Sink addressed more than fifty guests comprised of Bank of America executives, NWSA Board members and administrators, deans, students and current Bank of America scholarship recipients, as well as Miami Dade College Foundation executives. “I am thrilled that NWSA continues to thrive and their relationship with Bank of America showcases the value of long-standing public-private partnerships and the lasting and positive impact those partnerships create for arts education in our state,” affirmed Sink.
Gene Schaefer, Bank of America President, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and Maria Alonso, Market Development Manager and NWSA Executive Committee member, were recognized for their steadfast commitment to the students and continued support of NWSA. “We are proud of NWSA and their continued achievements in educational and arts excellence. It is a tremendous source of pride that our collaboration has created a legacy that provides talented youth with the opportunity to pursue their dreams – eliminating financial constraints as an obstacle,” Schaefer said.
“New World School of the Arts is privileged to partner with Bank of America.” stated Mercedes Quiroga, NWSA Provost, concluding “Since the beginning of our relationship more than 20 years ago, Bank of America and its executives have recognized the potential of a school such as NWSA and the importance of the arts in our community.”
In addition to the scholarship endowment, Bank of America, through its predecessor banks, has donated a former bank facility to NWSA, which remains in use today; and several associates have served on the school’s boards. Since 2006, The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has been the lead supporter Rising Stars, the art conservatory’s signature Broadway-style showcase at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and it is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. For more information about NWSA please visit www.med.edu/nwsa or call 305-237-3559.
Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, Bank of America is in its fourth year of achieving an unprecedented 10-year goal to donate $1.5 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give more than $225 million in 2008, making the bank the most generous financial institution in the world and the second largest donor of all U.S. corporations in cash contributions. Bank of America approaches giving through a national strategy called "neighborhood excellence" under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Through Team Bank of America, bank associate volunteers contributed more than 650,000 hours in 2007 to enhance the quality of life in their communities nationwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation.
Photo caption: NWSA Provost, Mercedes Quiroga; Florida CFO, Alex Sink and NWSA Student Council President, Patricia Hernandez during the Bank of America lunch reception at New World School of the Arts.