Giving Hearts

Great Hearts hopes to raise $500K through
‘A Wrinkle in Time’

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Great Hearts Academies is working to keep their classical education intact by hosting the benefit “A Wrinkle in Time” from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, September 28.

The event is set for Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix. Tickets for the signature event are on sale and support the faculty and the Teacher Excellence Fund.

Sponsorships packages are still available for the event. Single tickets start at $250. Single tickets and tables can be purchased at

“This event brings together members of the schools, community, and all of those that support our incredible teachers,” says Erik Twist, Arizona president of Great Hearts. “It’s a night full of food, fun and incredible entertainment—all for a good cause.”

Brenna Norris, major gift officer, adds the network is hoping to raise $500,000.

As a charter school network in Arizona, Great Hearts receives almost $2,000 less per student annually in public funding compared to public district schools. The Teacher Excellence Fund rewards Great Hearts’ top teachers based on the academic and cultural impact they have on their students and the overall school community.

“A Wrinkle in Time” includes hosted cocktail hour, dishes from Chateau Luxe, performances from students and teachers across Great Hearts’ network of schools, and silent and live auctions.

Founded in 2003, Great Hearts grew from a single school to become the highest performing nonprofit charter school network in Arizona. The mission of Great Hearts is to develop great scholars and young men and women with character to serve a greater purpose.

“Our curriculum is classical liberal arts curriculum, developing the whole child through the arts, also through athletic and outside programs,” Norris says. “It’s really an environment that cultivates the heart and minds of students. They can go on and use those skills to be productive leaders of society for hearts and minds.”

Genevieve Peterson, vice president of development for Great Hearts Arizona, says the school wants its students to be more than a proficient test taker.

“We want them to be great-hearted leaders capable of success,” Peterson says. “Our mission is to cultivate the hearts and minds of students with a robust liberal arts curriculum. It allows for children to explore the arts with a hands-on approach with arts the music on a daily basis, and allow them to grow through beautiful work in the classroom.”

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