According to the announcement made today by the School Board of Manatee County, the donation is from the Stremicks Heritage Foods/8th Continent Soymilk contest “Nice Job, Mom: We Rock.” It invited mothers from across the U.S. to submit advice on promoting their families’ health and happiness. Winners were determined by company representatives and by the public, who voted for the entries online.
Jillian Cupps, an Orlando resident who graduated from Southeast High in 2000, won the contest.
She was awarded VIP treatment at a Bareilles’ concert and a $10,000 donation in her name to the music education program at a school of her choice. Cupps chose to reward the music programs at Southeast High School and she is expected to be at the check presentation on Monday.
Bareilles first gained national fame with her 2007 smash single "Love Song" and her latest album, 2010's "Kaleidoscope Heart," topped the Billboard 200 pop chart. She also serves as a celebrity judge on the NBC talent show “The Sing-Off.”