In 2011, in anticipation of the need for funding community arts projects,
Ginger Featherstone, principal of Jensen Beach High School, welcomed support
from the Jensen Beach Chamber's Education Committee.
Doug Hencken, manager of Starbucks in Jensen Beach and the treasurer of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce came up with a fundraising idea and worked to enlist the support of the Chamber and many businesses and individuals to create “Arts, Coffee, Conversation and Goodwill”, a free event with all of those elements, in April 2010 in the parking lot of Starbucks.
The event was successful in raising more than $1200 for each of the schools: Jensen Beach High School, Jensen Beach Elementary, Felix Williams Elementary and Stuart Middle School.
The event was held for the second time in February 2011 and recently checks for $1,375.00 were delivered to schools. More than 300 friends , families and community supporters attended and enjoyed food, drink, entertainment, vendor exhibits, prizes, and a raffle, organized by Christina McIntosh of the Pampered Chef.
Ginger Featherstone commented, “The community support for the arts in education could not have come at better time. With Doug's idea and the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee backing, we have reaped the benefits from this grass roots effort. The event is also an excellent way to showcase
all the great things our kids are doing in Martin County Schools”. Plans are underway for the third annual event on February 5, 2012 at the Jensen Beach Starbucks. If you are interested in participating and donating, please contact Doug Hencken at 772 -285-3061.