FAU’s College of Arts and Letters First Annual CAST Fundraising Party raises over $100k

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CAST party 2020 attendees Marta Batmasian, Pamela and Robert Weinroth.

Staff report

Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters first CAST Fundraiser raised over $100,000 for student scholarships.

CAST, which stands for Culture, Arts and Society Today, had a Carnaval theme that featured entertainment by Brazilian Beat, a dance group dedicated to showcasing the beat of Carnaval of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as the College’s own award-winning theatre, music and dance faculty and students.

“The faculty in FAU’s School of the Arts are world-renowned for their performances and visual arts creations, and this attracts top caliber students,” said Marta Batmasian, chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Letters. “We are very lucky to have these incredibly talented students and faculty members who provide our community with outstanding exhibitions, concerts, and theatre and dance performances.”

The Leadership Sponsors of the event were Marta and Jim Batmasian, Margo Green, and Marilyn and Jay Weinberg, and the Diplomat Sponsors were Lalita and Walter Janke, The Director Sponsor was Barclay Barrios, Ph.D., and the Fellow Sponsors were Kahlil Shillingford, Ph.D. and Priti Kothari, Ph.D., Nancy and Mark Gilbert, and the Schmidt Family Foundation.

“Through the generosity of donors, we are able to support students who may otherwise not be able to attend college, including some that are the first in their families to go to college,” said Michael Horswell, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “By supporting this event, our donors helped to change people’s lives.”

For more information about FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, visit fau.edu/artsandletters or call 561-297-2337.