Performance by Legendary Five-time Grammy Award Winner Dionne Warwick To Highlight Charter School Champions Awards Event Nov. 2 in Daytona Beach

Tickets include concert, awards ceremony and reception with light refreshments

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The one and only Dionne Warwick, with 75 charted hit songs and 100 million records sold, is on tap to perform a live concert in an intimate setting at the Charter School Champions Awards event Nov. 2 during the Florida Charter School Conference in Daytona Beach.

A winner of five Grammy Awards, Dionne Warwick will follow a reception and presentation of the Charter School Champions Awards by performing multiple show-stopping hits from her career of more than half a century. Her concert is being hosted by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Board of Directors and Preferred Partners.

Dionne Warwick began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. She had her first hit in 1962 with “Don’t Make Me Over.” Less than a decade later, she had released more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including her classic Bacharach/David recordings, “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” "Promises Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Reach Out For Me,” and the theme from “Valley of the Dolls.”

Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for her mega-hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and a second Grammy in 1970 for the best-selling album, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

In 1985, she reunited with Bacharach and longtime friends Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to record the landmark song “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number one hit record around the world and the first recording dedicated to raising awareness and major funds for the AIDS cause in support of AMFAR.

The event is exclusively for FCPCS Members and Preferred Partners and is expected to sell out. All tickets include the concert, reception, and Charter School Champions Awards ceremony, which is scheduled from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

“The Charter School Champions Awards and Dionne Warwick concert are meant to thank our dedicated FCPCS members and preferred partners,” said FCPCS President Robert Haag.

For the fifth consecutive year, FCPCS is encouraging FCPCS member affiliates to nominate their favorite charter school teacher, principal, governing board member, state legislator, pioneer or preferred partner. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Specific categories for nominations are: State Legislator, Charter School Pioneer, Charter School Governing Board Member, Principal/School-Site Administrator, Teacher, and Preferred Partner from the Preferred Partner Directory. About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.