Gaston Cantens: Florida Crystals Supports Arts in Glades Communities with Dance Scholarship

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Florida Crystals Corporation congratulates Julian Wilson, who will receive the sugar company’s first performing arts scholarship.

Florida Crystals Corporation congratulates Julian Wilson, who will receive the sugar company’s first performing arts scholarship.

In its community involvement efforts, Florida Crystals places a priority on supporting educational and scholarship programs. The company was approached with the opportunity to sponsor a student from South Bay, Fla., in a month-long summer intensive training dance program at one of the nation’s most prestigious performing arts schools: the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

“Florida Crystals felt this was a prime opportunity to support the development of artist talent in the rural communities of western Palm Beach County,” said Gaston Cantens, vice president of Florida Crystals. “It’s an honor to have a student chosen to represent the Glades communities at such a respected dance academy. We are happy to do our part to support Julian’s dream of attending the arts school.”

The seventeen year old was accepted to the Professional Division 2011 Summer Intensive Program and will travel to New York City to participate in several training and conditioning programs during the months of June and July.

Florida Crystals has supported arts education in the communities with its repeated funding of a program called Street Beat, which offers after-school arts programs to give students in the communities a greater scope of learning and experience. The program has shown proven results through the success of students like Julian.

About Florida Crystals Corporation
Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading, fully integrated cane sugar company that farms 187,000 acres in Palm Beach County, Fla., where it also owns two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a packaging and distribution center, a rice mill and the largest renewable power plant in North America. Its renewable energy facility delivers clean power to its sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals is the only producer of certified organic sugar grown and harvested in the USA and the only producer certified CarbonFree® sugar, which means its products have a carbon neutral footprint. Florida Crystals, with its subsidiary American Sugar Refining, Inc., the world’s largest cane sugar refining company, owns and operates sugar refineries in six countries worldwide with a capacity to produce 7 million tons of sugar per year. Its products are marketed through its brand portfolio: Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle® and Florida Crystals®. Florida Crystals, a Fanjul Corp. company, is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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