Eau Gallie Arts District Main Street (EGAD) held its third annual Women We Love Garden Luncheon on March 7, 2018, at the historic Rossetter House and Gardens. The luncheon invited women to bring a woman they love to celebrate friendship and camaraderie. The mutual respect and admiration generated from these friendships form threads that unite to create a tightly woven community. EGAD’s honoree this year was Nancy Dillen, an Eau Gallie resident and former art instructor at the former Brevard Community College. Nancy is one of the original team members who started EGAD’s outdoor museum project that has installed over 20 murals. She’s also served as a devoted volunteer on the Design Committee. The mosaic on the Eau Gallie Library was originally a retirement gift for Ms. Dillen, and she was instrumental in having it relocated to the library. The luncheon was presented by Bank of America, Clevens Face and Body Specialists, Swanky Sole and Sandy Soul, Roman Brothers, Tina Murray, and Donna Lynn. This collection of talented, dedicated, and creative business and organizational leaders created a conversational atmosphere unlike anywhere else.
EGAD also held an evening Reception with Friends on Thursday, March 8, from 6-8 pm at Victoria
Landing on their deck with expansive river views. EGAD solicited nominations from local nonprofit
organizations for the honoree, selected five finalists, and announced the winner at the event. The
five finalists were – Marilyn Grigsby (Space Coast Art Festival), Tara Pagliarini (Family Promise of
Brevard), Beth Greenberg (Central Brevard Art Association), Cindy Kane (Candlelighters of Brevard,
Brevard Achievement Center, and The Haven for Children), and Ayana Verdi (Verdi Eco School). The
winner was Cindy Kane. A $500 contribution was made to the three charities that nominated her.
Remarkably, the contribution was then matched by the Community Foundation for Brevard during
the event. “Both EGAD and this year’s honoree, Cindy Kane, underscore that we are surrounded by
strong, visionary women who have some of the biggest hearts around,” shared Theresa Grimison,
Community Foundation for Brevard, president/CEO. “On behalf of both the women and men who
make up the Community Foundation for Brevard, we’re thrilled to match EGAD’s contribution.”
Eau Gallie Arts District’s mission is to preserve and promote the historic village of Eau Gallie. It works
in collaboration with key partners, including the City of Melbourne, to bring economic vitality to the
commercial core which, in turn, ripples into the surrounding area. Now in its eighth year, the Main
Street program successfully fought blight, filling storefronts with viable businesses, and works to
attract new businesses to the district. “EGAD must reach out well beyond its borders to highlight the
many exciting things going on,” says EGAD executive director Lisa Packard, adding, “Extending the
luncheon to an evening reception and honoring a nonprofit also further promotes the district.”
EGAD will continue to celebrate those who use their talents to give back to our community.