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Teachers put in the spotlight, standing ovations included, in a special night for education

Teachers put in the spotlight, rousing standing ovations included

Jo Furr, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Jim Furr at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Jo Furr, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Jim Furr at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Annette and George Strake at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Annette and George Strake at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Maragret Alkek Williams, from left, Danielle Ellis and Donna Bruni at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Maragret Alkek Williams, from left, Danielle Ellis and Donna Bruni at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Scott Van Beck and Karen Webb at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Scott Van Beck and Karen Webb at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Melanie Fossum, left, and Dot Swanson at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Melanie Fossum, left, and Dot Swanson at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Martin Fein, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Martin Fein, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Joe and Merrill Hafner at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Joe and Merrill Hafner at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Alex and Astley Blair at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Alex and Astley Blair at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Walt Smith at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Walt Smith at Fund for Teachers. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Jo Furr, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Jim Furr at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Annette and George Strake at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Maragret Alkek Williams, from left, Danielle Ellis and Donna Bruni at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Scott Van Beck and Karen Webb at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Melanie Fossum, left, and Dot Swanson at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Martin Fein, from left, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Joe and Merrill Hafner at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Alex and Astley Blair at Fund for Teachers October 2013
Walt Smith at Fund for Teachers October 2013

With more than 300 guests filling the Hotel ZaZa ballroom for the fifth annual Food for Thought dinner benefiting Fund for Teachers, the night celebrated educators including Memorial High School teacher Shanna Ciarella. Her remarks on the impact of the Fund for Teachers on students earned her a standing ovation.

A second standing ovation was bestowed on keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson, professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. As founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, he spoke on the influence of teachers in every student's life and how that influence extends to America's greatness. 

Jo and Jim Furr chaired the evening that raises fund for teacher grants supporting their pursuit of knowledge and skills that impact the classroom and beyond.

 The teacher-friendly crowd included Phoebe Tudor, Cathy and Jesse Marion, Bill Breetz, Mary Lou and Walt Smith, Collier and Richard Blades, Alex and Astley Blair, Yolanda Green and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.