Full Sail University and Non-Profit Organization, A Gift For Teaching, Host 'Lights, Candles, Auction' Fundraising Event

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On Saturday, February 21, 2009, Full Sail University (fullsail.edu) was proud to serve as the location for A Gift For Teaching's (http://www.agiftforteaching.org ) annual fundraising event, "Lights, Candles, Auction," which welcomed nearly 300 guests and raised over $40,000 to benefit the mission of this non-profit organization.

Founder Gary Landwirth, AGFT President Jane Thompson, Mitch English

Full Sail has always been committed to providing the tools necessary for our students to succeed in the real world

On Saturday, February 21, 2009, Full Sail University (fullsail.edu) was proud to serve as the location for A Gift For Teaching's (http://www.agiftforteaching.org ) annual fundraising event, "Lights, Candles, Auction," which welcomed nearly 300 guests and raised over $40,000 to benefit the mission of this non-profit organization.

Held throughout several soundstages on the Full Sail University campus, and emceed by Mitch English of the nationally syndicated morning talk show, The Daily Buzz, the evening served as a celebration of A Gift For Teaching's ten-year birthday and commitment to providing supplies for students and teachers in the local school community. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the event offered guests the opportunity to participate in a themed Hollywood-style evening including red carpet interviews, live music, raffles, a silent auction, and showcased Crayon Masterpieces created by local school students.

Since opening in September of 1998, A Gift For Teaching has grown to serve 333 schools in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, and has distributed more than $41 million worth of school supplies to local teachers and students in need.

"Full Sail has always been committed to providing the tools necessary for our students to succeed in the real world," said Kristin Weissman, Director of Public Relations for Full Sail University. "Working with A Gift For Teaching and supporting their educational mission of doing the same which enables students to thrive inside and outside the classroom, made this a natural partnership. The work that A Gift For Teaching contributes to the Central Florida community is invaluable and we were honored to serve as a part of this milestone celebration."

Jane Thompson, President of A Gift For Teaching said, "For ten years the community has rallied around A Gift For Teaching in support of equal education opportunities and it's no secret that students, teachers and schools need our help more than ever. To have Full Sail, our amazing sponsors and devoted supporters come together to donate their time, talents, space and money at this event is humbling and definitely something to celebrate."

About A Gift For Teaching:

A Gift For Teaching is a Central Florida non-profit organization that serves 333 public schools in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. The Free Store in Orlando and its satellite store, A Gift For Teaching of Osceola County, are funded and stocked by local individuals and companies. Since 1998, more than $41 million worth of school supplies, including essential classroom tools such as pencils, notebooks, glue, backpacks, art supplies, books and more have been distributed to local students in need, diverting more than 7 million pounds of products from landfills.

About Full Sail University:

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 31,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCARÒ, EmmyÒ and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 6,500 students from 50 states and 65 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of seventeen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Internet Marketing (online), Music Business and Web Design & Development; and Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology (online), Game Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus) and Internet Marketing (online); and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design (online).

Full Sail was most recently named the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been previously named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit fullsail.edu.

Contact:
Casey King
Public Relations Specialist
Full Sail University
407-679-0100, ext. 5161

Audrey S.F. Perrott
Director of Communications
A Gift For Teaching
407-345-0515, ext. 232

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