On Friday, April 13, The Ward Team at Keller Williams invited 1,000 guests including students, families, staff, and board members of the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and baseball at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
The evening began with a pizza party at the tutorial center graciously sponsored by Tracy Ward and her affiliate partners and then continued at Roger Dean Stadium where Edna Runner and two of her students threw out the ceremonial first pitch to open the minor league game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
The Jupiter Hammerheads beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 5-0 with a remarkable performance by left-handed pitcher Will Stewart.
“We are all so fortunate to have the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center as a community haven for students and their families,” Tracy says. “Edna is a special person, her staff and the many volunteers are incredible with the students. The Ward Team is happy that we could help the families enjoy an evening of fun together!”
Other students and their families who attended included those from Lighthouse, Beacon Cove, and Limestone Creek elementary schools as well as Jupiter Christian School. The students and their families had a great evening and received a commemorative t-shirt to remember the night.
The Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center
More than 30 years ago, what would become the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center began in the basement of a local church with a handful of dedicated citizens and one extraordinary leader. Founder and community educator Edna W. Runner believed that the children of Limestone Creek in West Jupiter deserved an opportunity to live the American dream, and she set out to create a safe and nurturing environment where they could pursue academic and personal excellence.
In 1985 it became known as The West Jupiter Community Group, a nonprofit organization providing services to children and their families. The tutorial building, which opened in 1993, was rededicated as the “Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center” after an expansion in 2011 that doubled the organization’s capacity to serve.
The Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center now provides after school, winter break, spring break, and summer camp services for more than 100 elementary and middle-school-aged students. The tutorial center fosters educational achievement, positive self-esteem, and character development in a supportive and safe environment so that young people can flourish and grow to their fullest potential.
The Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center continues to grow to meet the needs of children in the community, with a capital campaign currently underway to refurbish and expand the existing building and playground, as well as construct a new building.