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EVIT Education Foundation's 2021 Annual Breakfast Fundraiser

Oct 14, 2021 - EVIT Education Foundation’s Annual Gourmet Breakfast Fundraiser to Feature Sheriff Paul Penzone, Radio Personality Emcees

15th-Annual Event Raises Funds for scholarships for Vocational, Career-Focused East Valley High School Students 

MESA, Arizona – The East Valley Institute of Technology Education Foundation, Inc., will host its annual Gourmet Breakfast Fundraiser Wednesday, Nov. 3, and some of the best-known names in Valley politics and media are among those making an appearance. 

Slated for 7:30 a.m. (check-in starts at 7 a.m.) Wednesday, Nov. 3 in the Culinary Arts Banquet Hall on the EVIT Campus (1601 W Main St., Mesa), the event generates funding for scholarships that help vocational and career-minded Easy Valley students learn a trade while simultaneously earning their high school diplomas. Featuring a gourmet meal prepared by culinary students, many of whom are also scholarship recipients, the event also includes a silent auction, stories from student beneficiaries and appearances by guest speakers, including Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Veronica Penzone, owner of BBV Salon in Scottsdale.

Serving as emcees for the event are Kenny Sargent and Crash Gladys of SpeedFreaks, a nationally syndicated motorsports and lifestyle radio show they co-host. Sargent, a former sports anchor in Los Angeles, has appeared on Animal Planet, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN and HBO, among other major television networks. Gladys, meanwhile, was the only female to host a full-time sports radio show in Phoenix for seven years straight and has offered commentary on CBS, NBC Sports, FOX, ESPN and HBO, among others. 

Funds generated by the Gourmet Breakfast help further the EVIT Education Foundation’s mission of ensuring that every student who wants to learn a particular trade or career path through East Valley Institute of Technology programs can do so – regardless of financial status.  The foundation was able to bring on a new partner and the title sponsor of this year’s breakfast, the Chapman Automotive Group. Today the Chapman Automotive Group consists of 25 locations and 19 brands throughout Phoenix, as well as Tucson, Payson and Las Vegas.

“We owe a great deal to our sponsors, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible,” said the EVIT Education Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, Curt Krizan. “This year, we helped send almost 300 local students through vocational or career-training programs, and it’s because of these sponsorships – and our generous donors – that we have been able to increase the number of students served year over year.”

Tickets for the EVIT Education Foundation’s Gourmet Breakfast Fundraiser are available now. Click here to buy tickets or learn more about table or sponsorship opportunities. For more about the EVIT Education Foundation, check out 

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