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                                                          Kids corner

       Dunbar’s Inaugural Event

       Celebrates Achievements While
       Exceeding Fundraising Goals

         Good friends, amazing food, exciting auction items, and a
       great cause. All of these were part of Dunbar Early Learning
       Center’s inaugural fundraising event on March 9 to support
       the critical work of the organization.
         More  than  125  Dunbar  supporters  gathered  at
       Josco’s Bar & Oven in Tequesta to learn more about the
       astounding difference the center is making in the lives of
       children in the greater Banner Lake community. Dunbar
       provides  comprehensive  childcare  and  early  learning
       for children ages birth to 5. Its mission is to equip every   Wendy Reynoso and Gina Brooks  Lisa and Charles Modica  Sally and Tony Zunino
       child with a love of learning and the social and emotional
       compass to be resilient.                          and a live auction of unique experiences conducted by   kind items included: a three-day stay in a gorgeous Nantucket
         Guests enjoyed a spirited cocktail hour, delicious dinner   Jennifer Wright, a talented Christie’s auctioneer. One-of-a-  home; golf at Sankaty Head Golf Club; a 4-hour cruise on the
                                                                                                           historic Bystander; a NYC getaway in a Greenwich Village
                                                                                                           apartment; and dinner for 10 at Harmonia, the oldest house
                                                                                                           on Jupiter Island.
                                                                                                             The inaugural Dunbar Difference event raised more
                                                                                                           than $200,000.
                                                                                                             “We’ve seen the difference Dunbar is making,” Cochair
                                                                                                           Sally Auer Zunino said. “The critical pre-reading and math
                                                                                                           skills of our Dunbar children have increased three-fold in just
                                                                                                           one year. The children come to school eager to learn, and our
                                                                                                           trauma-informed approach is helping to build the social and
                                                                                                           emotional skills they need to be resilient and successful.”
                                                                                                             Dunbar  alumnus  Jazmyne Thompson  described  the
                                                                                                           impact Dunbar made on her own life and those of her
                                                                                                           kids. Now a hardworking, independent mother of five, she
                                                                                                           is grateful for the staff and services the center provides
                                                                                                           for her children, especially for the specialized care given
                                                                                                           to her eldest son who is diagnosed with autism. He is
                                                                                                           currently in the first grade but, with help from the Dunbar
                                                                                                           staff, he is reading at a third-grade level.

                                                                                                           Jennifer Wright, Annie MacRae and Sally Zunino

                                                                                                           Barry, Anne, and Molly O’Brien

                                                                                                           Nicala Tyo, Chenelle Weaver, Wendy Reynoso, Ginny Luther,
                                                                                                           and Andrea Asciutto
                                                                                  See answer in this paper.
                                                                                                           Kids Corner on page 6
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