Sunday, November 18, 2012
DADE UNVEILS NEW FITNESS CENTER
The new fitness center glistened as the sun shone down upon it Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Dade Christian School (6601 NW 167 Street Miami, FL 33015). Many people from the surrounding areas, including NTBC families, DCS families, and community leaders crowded around the fitness center and auction pavilion. With cameras and checkbooks in hand, guests anxiously awaited the ribbon cutting and live auction. An air of excitement was abundant as guests were entertained by the Dade Christian School Fine Arts Department including elementary and secondary performers. Attendees were able to partake in a food tasting and silent auction where they could bid on services provided by teachers, gift baskets, and other items such as iPads, sports memorabilia, and outdoor adventures.
The development team of Dade Christian School created an event worth remembering by building a pavilion in which the guests of the auction were able to taste delicious cuisine from various restaurants in the Miami Lakes area such as Flannigan’s, Ale House, El Pimiento, Cancun Grill, and many more. The purpose of the auction was to raise money for new equipment that would benefit the fine arts department and technology improvements. In the live auction, there were multiple vacations, graduation seats, fishing/hunting excursions and large flat screen televisions.
“This project has been six years in the making and I’m very happy to see that it is finally finished. I know that David would’ve been very proud to see the impact he has left, not only on the school, but the entire community. He really was an inspiration to all he met and I am so honored to have been a part of this project,” said Jennifer Martinez, a member of the Dade Christian development team. “It was a really emotional time for me and my family,” said Pastor Ralph Rodriguez, “I know that David would be really proud to see all the support we have received and he would be happy to know the difference this center is going to make in the health and wellness of our students and families.”
The brand new David Stephen Rodriguez Fitness Center was literally built on the foundation of God’s Word; a Bible was placed in the foundation of the building before construction by David’s parents, Ralph and Rita Rodriguez. On this special day after construction was complete, elementary students wrote prayers in chalk on the new sidewalk in front of the fitness center building. “This day was a powerful reflection of our efforts to build young people with purpose and not just construct buildings”, said Director of Development, Craig Konchak, David was the epitome of what Dade Christian School has been designed to represent”.
The ceremony concluded with a dedicatory prayer by DCS Headmaster, Stanford Stone. All attendees then witnessed the Rodriguez family cut the ribbon together to commemorate a son, brother and friend to all.