What is Red for Ed?

“Red for Ed” is a colossal, collaborative initiative between THAT! Company, the Educational Foundation of Lake County, plus a multitude of local chambers, clubs and businesses. The “Red for Ed” initiative aims to “paint the county” in the color red to raise awareness about the critical need of our local students for the most basic items of food and school supplies. Over 62% of the Lake County School District’s student population lives at or below poverty level. The Student Services Department reports there are 1,946 homeless students.

“It’s our goal that each student who is in need will start the new school year with the essential supplies to help them be successful, while supplementing our schools’ food pantries,”  Carman Cullen-Batt says, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation. “This year’s drive is expected to be even larger, and every business, group, club, and organization in Lake County is invited to participate. Individuals are also welcomed to join in!” says Cullen.

The goal of the Red for Ed Campaign is that each student who is in need will start the 2018 – 2019 school year with the supplies to be successful.

How Do I Get Involved? 

Become a Collection Site: Free marketing kits which include buttons and signs are going to be available to area businesses and organizations who want to be collection sites. To receive your Go Red for Ed collection kit, please contact us today.

Donate Time or Money: The Foundation has the ability to purchase school supplies at deeply discounted rates and accepts cash donations online or by check to the Educational Foundation 2045 Pruitt Street, Leesburg, FL 34748.

How are the Supplies Distributed?

Back to School Fair: The Educational Foundation of Lake County identifies students of low income families through the free and reduced lunch program. These families are invited to a Back to School Fair in which they can receive their back to school supplies at no charge and learn of other local social service programs available. The Back to School Fairs are held in 3 locations Clermont, Leesburg and Tavares in August.

Apple Mart Stores: Studies indicate that the average teacher spends 4.2% of their salaries purchasing supplies for their classroom. In 2005 the Foundation opened Apple-Mart which is a retail store setting “where teachers shop for free” throughout the year. The stores are manned by a group of volunteers.  There are 3 locations in Lake County. The supply drive also stocks the Apple-Mart stores.

2018 Red For Ed Supply Drop Off Locations

BusinessContact NameAddressCity/State/ZipPhone #Email
Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier262 Mohawk RoadClermont, FL 34711352-243-2111tfortier@aicenters.com
Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier211 N. 1st StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-435-0111tfortier@aicenters.com
Advance Imaging CentersTy Fortier13940 N. Hwy 441 Stuite 201The Villages, FL 32159352-750-1551tfortier@aicenters.com
Akers MediaAubrey Akers108 5th StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-787-4112aubrey@akersmediagroup.com
Anytime FitnessJoey 17195 US Hwy 441 Suite 106Leesburg, FL 34748352-308-8126tamvin1@aol.com
Anytime FitnessSusan10700 US Hwy 441 Suite 106Leesburg, FL 34788352-742-2008tamvin1@aol.com
Anytime FitnessCaroline 510 E. Hwy 466Lady Lake, FL 32159352-633-0868tamvin1@aol.com
Avalon Park VillageMara Hunt124 W. Ruby StreetTavares, FL 32778321-278-7040mara@mrealestatepro.com
BESHChuck Hiott902 N. Sinclair Ave.Tavares, FL 32778352-267-5702
Bonnie Whicher PhotographyBonnie Whicher4295 W. Old Hwy 441 Ste.1Mt. Dora, FL 32757352-638-5967whicherphotography@gmail.com
Central Florida Health (12 boxes)Stacie Haynes609 W. Dixie Ave.Leesburg, FL 34748352-323-5568shaynes@centflhealth.org
Citizens First BankLinda Weekley1341 Griffin RoadLeesburg, FL 34748352-259-3206linda_weekley@mycitizensfirst.com
City of ClermontChris Dudeck3700 S. Hwy 27Clermont, FL 34711352-394-3500cdudeck@clermontfl.org
Clermont Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford20265 US Hwy 27Clermont, FL 34711352-530-1237aford@carehere.com
Clermont Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford788 E. Highland Ave.Clermont, FL 34711352-530-1237aford@carehere.com
East Lake Chamber of CommerceLisa DuRant24214 SR 46Sorrento, FL 32776352-383-8801lisalisadu13@gmail.com
Eustis Health & Wellness CenterAshley Ford1910 Titcomb StreetEustis, FL 32726352-530-1237aford@carehere.com
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal1380 S. Grand Hwy.Clermont, FL 34711407-277-6030 x 32410kmazal@fairwinds.org
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal742 Cagan View RoadClermont, FL 34711407-277-6030 x 32410kmazal@fairwinds.org
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal27414 US Hwy 27Leesburg, FL 34748407-277-6030 x 32410kmazal@fairwinds.org
Fairwinds Credit UnionKrista Mazal18415 US Hwy 441Mt. Dora, FL 32757407-277-6030 x 32410kmazal@fairwinds.org
First National BankJohn Pease 27700 Hwy 27Leesburg, FL 34748352-383-2140john.pease@fnbmd.com
First National BankJohn Pease 714 N Donnelly StreetMt. Dora, FL 32757352-383-2140john.pease@fnbmd.com
First National BankJohn Pease 2500 Eudora Rd.Mt. Dora, FL 32757352-383-2140john.pease@fnbmd.com
First National BankJohn Pease 24034 Hwy 46Sorrento, FL 32776352-383-2140john.pease@fnbmd.com
Fish Camp Lake EustisJim Jorden901 Lakeshore Dr.Tavares, FL 32778352-742-4400jimjorden@gmail.com
FL Hospital Waterman (45 boxes)Renee Furnas1000 Waterman WayTavares, FL 32778352-253-3333renee.furnas@ahss.org
Home Companions of Lake Co.Kellie Morgan2801 S. Bay StreetEustis, FL 32726352-483-3086kellie@companionshomecare.com
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 2580 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL 34711407-426-6000mjones@insightcreditunion.com
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 15120 US Hwy 441Eustis, FL 32726407-426-6000mjones@insightcreditunion.com
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 530 N Hwy 27/441Lady Lake, FL 32159407-426-6000mjones@insightcreditunion.com
Insight Credit UnionMichelle Jones 300 Webster StreetLeesburg, FL 34748407-426-6000mjones@insightcreditunion.com
Jenkins HondaJason Kirkland8865 S Us Hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34748855-551-8191jason_kirkland@jenkinscars.com
Jenkins Hyundai Steve Taliente9145 S US Hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34748352-365-3585st@jenkinscars.com
Jenkins NissanSteve Taliente10234 S US Hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34748866-410-3060st@jenkinscars.com
Jenkins VolkswagenRichard Moulton9501 US hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34748352-360-7150richard_moulton@jenkinscars.com
Kim Vanrnadore State Farm Kim Varnadore353 E. Burleigh Blvd.Tavares, FL 32778352-343-5181kim.varnadore.pbc@statefarm.com
Lake DermatologyDr. Kevin Chun1132 E. North Blvd.Leesburg, FL 34748352-365-6650
Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation CenterPhyllis Giorgio411 W Woodward AveEustis, FL 32726352-459-4146pgiorgio@gchc.com
Lake Eye AssociatesAmy801 CR 466 Suite 102Lady Lake, FL 32159352-350-2070Linda.ricketson@lakeeye.com
Lake Eye AssociatesSarah601 E. Dixie Ave. Suite 201Leesburg, FL 34748352-365-2020Linda.ricketson@lakeeye.com
Lake Eye AssociatesVictoria3310 Waterman Way 3rd FLTavares, FL 32778352-343-2020Linda.ricketson@lakeeye.com
Lake Eye AssociatesLinda1400 US Hwy 441 N Suite 521The Villages, FL 32159352-750-2020Linda.ricketson@lakeeye.com
LassiterWareDoug Childers1317 Citizens Blvd.Leesburg, FL 34748800-845-8437 x 126dougc@lassiterware.com
LCEAMarla Raber1713 South StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-787-2050marla.raber@floridaea.org
LCSBMichelle Hoppenstedt201 W. Burleigh BlvdTavares, FL 32778352-253-6500hoppenstedtm@lake.k12.fl.us
LCSO Adminstration BuildingKristy Marden317 W. Main StreetTavares, FL 32778352-343-9500kristy.marden@lcso.org
LCSO Operations BuildingKristy Marden360 W. Ruby StreetTavares, FL 32778352-343-9504kristy.marden@lcso.org
LCSO South LakeKristy Marden15855 SR 50Clermont, FL 34711352-742-3600kristy.marden@lcso.org
LCSO VIA Port MallKristy Marden10401 US Hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34788352-326-8101kristy.marden@lcso.org
Leesburg Center for the ArtsMaria Stefonovick429 W. Magnolia StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-365-0232
Leesburg Chamber of CommerceSandi Moore1195 W. Magnolia StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-787-2131sandi@leesburgchamber.com
Leesburg Health & Wellness Ct.Ashley Ford1908 Center StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-530-1237aford@carehere.com
LRMC Wellness CenterJohn Bowers700 N Palmetto StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-323-5640jbowers@centflhealth.org
Main Street DinerAmandaTavares, FL 32778352-253-4663mainstdiner505@gmail.com
Mainstreet Community Bank Paul Roundtree1515 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL 34711352-404-0404paulr@mainstreetcbf.com
Morris Realty & InvestmentsBrittany Meany10135 US Hwy 441 Ste. 3Leesburg, FL 34788352-435-4663brittany@morisrealtors.com
Mt. Dora Chamber of CommerceRob English341 Alexander StreetMt. Dora, FL 32757352-383-2165president@mtdora.com
Palmetto Group Ins.Tamy Bellos305 E. Main StreetTavares, FL 32778352-609-2590trbellos@palmettosurety.net
Planet FitnessAdam Chastain735 N. 14th StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-460-4068adam.chastain@pforlando.com
Pug's Pub in EustisKathi Melgarez925 N Bay Street #7Eustis, FL 32726352-357-8028kgmelgarez@hotmail.com
Raymond JamesAshlee Taylor2025 W. Old US Hwy 441Mt. Dora, FL 32757352-385-0073ashlee.taylor@raymondjames.com
Realtor at Vantage PointDeborah Govin836 W. Montrose St. Suite 2Clermont, FL 34711786-797-3197deb@deborahgovin.com
Remax Realty CenterTim Totten2801 South Bay StreetEustis, FL 32726352-242-8111
ReNew Day SpaTim Simpson214 W. Main StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-787-7722info@renewdayspa.org
Reunion Bank Gail Baker1892 E. Burleigh Blvd.Tavares, FL 32778352-508-1030gbaker@reunionbank.com
Seacoast BankMichelle Michnoff2722 E. Burleigh Blvd.Eustis, FL 32726352-483-3999michell.michnoff@seacoastbank.com
Seacoast BankMichelle Michnoff1000 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL 34711352-394-3699michell.michnoff@seacoastbank.com
Tavares Chamber of CommerceJamye Johnson300 East Main StreetTavares, FL 32778352-343-2531jayme@tavareschamber.com
Tavares TheaterNoel MinerTavares, FL 32778352-343-9944noelminer@tavarestheater.org
The Scrapbook StudioMichelle Owens322 E. Alfred StreetTavares, FL 32778352-552-7243owens18m@embargmail.com
Thomas Insurance Services, LLCKate O'Sada 3235 A US Hwy 441-27Fruitland Park, FL 34731352-326-8021kate@thomasinsserv.com
Townsend Insurance GroupRhonda Townsend440 N. Hwy 19A Ste.8BMt. Dora, FL 32757352-308-8617rhonda@townsendinsurancegroup.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker24510 SR 40Astor, FL 32102352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker1510 E. Hwy 50Clermont, FL 34711352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker2701 S. Bay StreetEustis, FL 32726352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker224 US Hwy 27 Unit CLady Lake, FL 32159352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker515 W. Main StreetLeesburg, FL 34748352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker27524 Hwy 441Leesburg, FL 34748352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker1021 CR 44Lisbon, FL 34788352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker1303 New Hampshire Ave.Tavares, FL 32778352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker13609 US Hwy 441The Villages, FL 32159352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
United Southern BankLynne Winker750 N. Central Ave.Umatilla, FL 32784352-589-2121lynn.winker@unitedsouthernbank.com
Vann GannawayChip Gannaway2200 E. Burleigh Blvd.Eustis, FL 32726352-343-2500chip@vgchevy.com
Wells Fargo Bill Giffing127 N. Bay StreetEustis, FL 32726352-357-6363bill.giffing@wellsfargoadvisors.com