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The School Foundation’s annual Gala will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at SiMT. Boone Aiken will be honored as The School Foundation’s Distinguished Graduate.

Boone is a life-long Florentine, having graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1965. After graduation, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1969. He then attended law school at the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the South Carolina Law Review. After graduating in 1973, he returned to Florence and has built a successful and esteemed career serving his hometown. Boone is a senior shareholder and a founding member of Aiken, Bridges, Elliott, Tyler & Saleeby, P.A., where his focus is on medical and professional liability defense.

The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high-impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. Founded in 2000, they have funded $1,970,572.78 in grants to educators in Florence 1 Schools.

The event will be held at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT). It begins at 5:30 pm and will end promptly at 9:00 pm. Tickets start at $75 for F1S educators and $100 for individuals. Reserved tables of eight begin at $1,000 (bronze sponsorship), $2,500 (silver), $5,000 (gold) and $10,000 (platinum).

Tickets can be purchased by calling Hyler at (843) 662-9996 or by emailing dhyler@theschoolfoundation.org. You can also purchase tickets on the foundation’s website: (https://theschoolfoundation.org/events/annual-school-foundation-gala)

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