Tickets on sale for EVIT Foundation gourmet breakfast
Posted on 10/22/2014

Media contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

 The EVIT Foundation is inviting businesses and community leaders to enjoy a gourmet breakfast and support scholarships for deserving students at the East Valley Institute of Technology.

 The foundation’s annual Gourmet Breakfast Fundraiser, from 7-9 a.m., Nov. 5 in the EVIT Culinary Banquet Hall, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, helps low-income students pay EVIT program fees. While EVIT is tuition-free for high school students and at affordable tuition rates for adults, students are still responsible for purchasing uniforms and other materials for their classes.

 “We don’t ever want financial hardship to end a student’s dream for a career they are passionate about,” said Superintendent Sally Downey.  “We are so appreciative of our many business partners and members of our community who support the scholarship fund every year so these deserving students can pursue their dream.”

 The breakfast is prepared and served every year by EVIT’s Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking students. This year’s menu includes:  Gazpacho Shooter, Chilled Shrimp, Crème Brulee French Toast, Seasonal Berries, Quiche Loraine, Savory Crepe, Candied Pecans, Danish Cake, Mascarpone Cream, Toasted Almond Florentine and Burnt Orange Sauce.

 Individual tickets can be purchased for $125 each – and 90 percent of that is tax-deductible. Table sponsorships range from $1,500 to $10,000.  Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Kona Purcell at (480) 461-4114 or, or register and purchase your tickets online at

 The breakfast will also include a silent auction featuring items created or donated by each EVIT program. For example, the Radio/Audio Production program and the student-run radio station, The Pulse, are donating an entertainment basket worth $400 that includes two adult passes and two child passes to the Wildlife World Zoo, two four-hour arena passes to VIP Airsoft in Gilbert, two dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, four free Big Barbecue Sandwiches from Dickey’s BBQ, four tickets to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, one pair of tickets to see 5 Seconds of Summer on Nov. 13 at Ak Chin Pavillion, and one pair of tickets to see The Police Experience at The Good Life Fest at Encanterra Country Club on Nov. 15.

 Last year’s EVIT Foundation breakfast raised more than $60,000 and assisted nearly 200 EVIT students in paying for class fees, uniforms, kits and tools.

 EVIT is a career and technical education school providing more than 30 occupational training programs tuition-free to district, charter and home-schooled high school students who reside in 10 East Valley school districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered, with financial assistance available for those who qualify.

 EVIT students have a 95 percent high school graduation rate, and two out of three go on to college. EVIT is accredited by AdvancED/NCA, and has an 86 percent success rate in placing students in jobs, college or the military.

It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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