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FUTURES Foundation receives $10,660 from CraftWorks Foundation (Rock Bottom)

        FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools recently received $10,660 through the generosity of Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery Daytona, its CraftWorks Foundation and individual donors who attended Rock Bottom Daytona’s three day pre-opening events at One Daytona. Rock Bottom Daytona’s General Manager, Hector Ramos, selected FUTURES as the beneficiary of the events as his children are attending Volusia County Public Schools. Rock Bottom teammates shared information about FUTURES, provided donation envelopes while serving complimentary meals, and Rock Bottom donated all alcohol sales to FUTURES Foundation through its charitable organization, CraftWorks Foundation.

        CraftWorks Foundation handles the corporate giving for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc., which operates 200 restaurants under multiple brands. The largest brands include Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and Big River Grille & Brewing Works. The Foundation was established to facilitate their restaurants’ local  charitable efforts. The CraftWorks Foundation also manages an emergency crisis fund that helps team members who are coping with immediate challenges that impact their ability to maintain financial stability.

        FUTURES Foundation is a nonprofit, direct support organization founded in 1985 to support Volusia County Schools. Its mission is to engage business and civic leaders to promote and achieve educational excellence for Volusia County Public Schools. The Foundation’s 32-member board of directors consists of area business and civic leaders who direct and raise funds to facilitate a variety of programs in the school district. FUTURES facilitates the Volusia Take Stock in Children Program which offers scholarships, mentors and hope to at-risk, low income high school students. FUTURES also funds teacher classroom mini-grants through its portal and recently awarded more than $111,000 to 140 local classroom/school projects. FUTURES administers the legislatively funded School District Education Foundation State Matching Grants Program which will infuse more than $82,000 into 15 projects within 14 Volusia County Schools this year. The Foundation also offers student and staff recognition programs and Tomorrow’s Leaders, a high school junior student leadership development program.

        For more information about FUTURES Foundation, please contact Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730, caperric@volusia.K12.FL.US or visit its website at


Pictured, left to right, are Rock Bottom General Manager Hector Ramos, FUTURES President Paula Gregory, Take Stock in Children Student Services & Mentor Coordinator Shimene Shepard, FUTURES Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez and FUTURES Vice President Jeff Brok.

FUTURES Foundation receives $10,660 from CraftWorks Foundation (Rock Bottom)

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