At the 2013 Awards Ceremony, we celebrated the four incredible students who received scholarships through the IFF and successfully completed their trips abroad. At the event we highlighted some of the scholar’s greatest moments and accomplishments, and also had a silent auction and an international performance. To read more about the winners and watch videos about their trips, check out our Scholarships page here.
We raised over $3,000 dollars at the event and are very for all of our sponsors listed below, along with those who attended, volunteered, and/or donated. At all of our events we try to incorporate as many international themes as possible to expose the audience to new cultures and mindsets. We had the follow featured performers for the night that helped us in this mission:
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
ACDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development, advancement, and appreciation of Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance to metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, the company currently trains over eighty dancers. ACDC appeared in the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and the “Chinese variation” of Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker for ten consecutive years.
Guillermo studied voice and interpretation in Mexico City with Manuel Pena. He continued with musical training at Cornell University where he studied voice (technique) with David Neal. He performed with the Atlanta Opera Choir for 2 seasons and currently sings with the traditional choir at St. Brigid Catholic Church in John’s Creek. Guillermo performed the aria “Amor ti vista” from the opera Fedora, composed by Umberto Giordano.
Jay Newsome, II
Jay is currently the principle alto sax in the Wind Ensemble at Lee University. He began playing the saxophone in the 5th grade when he had the opportunity to take his first band class. Jay won the John Philip Sousa Award at Whitewater High School for outstanding musicianship throughout high school. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Jay is very dedicated, committed, and passionate about his musical career. Jay performed “Meditation,” made famous by Oscar Peterson”
Corporate and Foundation Supporters
Mark Gray, State Farm, Peachtree City
The Ledlie Group
Scholarship Selection Committee
Susan Stopford, Former Political Reporter
Philip Hauserman, The Ledlie Group
Karen Minvielle, Counterpane Montessori
Conor Farese, Global Citizen Year
Lily Clarke, Student UNC Chapel Hill
Ben Vigil Photographers
City Café & Bakery (Fayetteville)
Publix (Summit Point & Peachtree Battle)
The Cafe at Pharr
Becky Dingler • Janet Newton • Kathy Dingler
And a Special Thanks to all our volunteers…
especially, Susan Vigil and Teresa Vigil