Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast recently honored Donald Smith, of Frenchman’s Creek, during a fundraising event titled “Watch A Rising Star.”
Smith was honored Feb. 16, 2013, when the 11th-annual vocal competition took place at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
“We are thrilled to recognize Donald Smith for his relentless pursuit of Junior Achievement’s mission to empower young people to own their economic success,” said Claudia Kirk Barto, president of the nonprofit organization. “He was on our board of directors for 10 years, and even after stepping down has remained extremely active within the organization. His passion for business and his drive to educate others has been a real inspiration.”
Smith started a fashion-design and manufacturing business in the late 1940s, with the belief that in order to achieve success, it takes hard work. His New York City shop turned into a thriving business, and Smith reaped the rewards. Now an owner of one of the picturesque homes in Palm Beach Gardens, he spends much of his time imparting his knowledge of the business world to the children served by Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast.
“Donald Smith is the true embodiment of Junior Achievement’s mission,” Kirk Barto said. “He is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur and has long boasted that success is achieved only through hard work and dedication. He now volunteers with Junior Achievement and several other charitable organizations to help teach the youth in his community his steadfast work ethic.”
Smith serves on the board of the Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University, near Abacoa in Jupiter. He is on the Emeritus Board of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast and has been honored by several community groups for his impressive leadership, unparalleled commitment to education and philanthropic efforts.
Waterfront Properties and Club Communities is proud to have such a stalwart of success and passionate philanthropist who has made a tremendous impact in the northern Palm Beach County area and worldwide.
Watch A Rising Star is the Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast’s signature fundraising event and included silent and live auctions, dinner and a concert showcasing five vocalists who are high-school seniors. These vocalists were selected as finalists and invited to participate in the onstage competition for $10,000 in scholarships. The students came from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Martin County High School in Stuart and Suncoast Community High School in Rivera Beach.