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PRESS RELEASE: Orlando Philanthropist and Investor Scott Callahan donates $25,000 to Children’s Home

Salerno Capital Partners announces their managing partner and local philanthropist Scott Callahan has made a $25,000 donation to Children’s Home Society of Florida to support the continued life-changing efforts of Evans Community Partnership School. Evans Community Partnership School is a long-term partnership among Children’s Home Society of Florida, Orange Blossom Family Health, Orange County Public Schools and the University of Central Florida. Through this proven model, the Orlando high school unites the most important influences in a child's life - school, family and community - to create a comprehensive support system focused on student achievement and well-being.

“One of the things that drives me from a philanthropic standpoint is the idea of investing in something that helps create opportunity for someone, so the innovative nature of the Evans Community Partnership School speaks to me in many ways,” said Callahan. “The school helps families and students meet most of their basic needs so students can focus on their education. For example, the HUB, as the center of the Community Partnership School is known, gives students access to meals and snacks, among many other programs. It also makes mental health counselors available to students, along with a health and dental clinic located on campus, which is also available to the community at large. The educational opportunities available to families and the wide variety of programs the HUB offers rounds out the type of support that Evans Community Partnership School provides. And the foundation of this program is the long-term commitment of each of the 4 partners that are funding this program.”

In 2012, Evans High School became Florida’s first Community Partnership School, focusing on long-term support of the Pine Hills students and their families. The school tackles all areas that can inhibit a child’s future success including comprehension skills, hunger and health, and other obstacles in their personal lives. Additionally, family and community members have access to adult programs at the school. Since its inception, Evans has seen its students’ graduation rates and average SAT scores rise tremendously, and those graduates attending college has risen significantly as well. Moreover, the influence of the Community Partnership School has extended to the surrounding community, as callouts to law enforcement within the 1-miles radius surrounding the school have declined significantly, saving taxpayers more than $40,000 in associated costs.

Callahan sits on the cabinet of the Evans Community Partnership School in Pine Hills and serves as president over the Callahan Family Foundation in Winter Park, Fl.

About Children’s Home Society

On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves more than 50,000 children and family members throughout the state each year. More: www.chsfl.org.

About Evans Community Partnership SchoolEvans Community Partnership School, part of Evans High School, focuses on meeting immediate and long-term needs and goals of Evans High School students, their families and the Pine Hills community. Led by a partnership among Children’s Home Society of Florida, Orange Blossom Family Health, Orange County Public Schools and the University of Central Florida, , Evans Community Partnership School integrates health and wellness programs, positive social activities, and leadership opportunities into the education and lives of students and families, empowering them to pursue success.

About Salerno Capital Partners

Salerno Capital Partners, founded in 2016, is an opportunistic investment firm based out of Winter Park, FL. Led by managing partner and former lawyer W. Scott Callahan, the firm brings more than 30 years of investment experience to the table, and their expertise and services lie in commercial real estate financing, management, and valuation. More at SalernoCapital.com

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