The Florida Federated Republican Women Fleming Island (FFRWFI) raised $8,035 for a vocational scholarship granted to a recent graduate from Keystone Heights High School.
The money was raised through an inaugural event, Battle of the Ballroom, where six local community members worked with professional dancers and competed in a dance competition.
The local “celebrity dancers” raised money through Facebook, phone calls and during the night of the event, Clay County school board and FFRWFI member Beth Clark said.
The vocational scholarship was awarded to local high school graduate Judy Null who is pursuing a career in massage therapy. A vocational scholarship is a form of financial assistance granted to those who want to further their education in a trade—as opposed to traditional college or university education.
Null started her first day at massage therapy school Monday, Aug. 14, Clark said.
“She is a well-deserving individual, shall we say a ‘real survivor,’” Clark said. “It’s just amazing how Clay citizens stepped up and really were so generous.”
The “local celebrities” included a few Clay County District Schools employees including Dr. Susan Legutko, the district’s chief financial officer, who raised more than $1,600 toward the scholarship fund. Legutko and her partner also claimed the winning title for the Battle of the Ballroom competition.
“She loved joining in as a dancer and had a great time,” Clark said. “No one discusses political party association, but the fact of raising money for a vocational-ed student.”
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