By: Gina Pitisci
April 4, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A Hollywood celebrity is back in Tallahassee to not only celebrate Springtime Tallahassee but also to help the high school she graduated from. You may recognize Cheryl Hines from TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Suburgatory or movies like RV, but it all started in Tallahassee at Leon High School. Hines says “it's great to be back at Leon and in Tallahassee, I'm seeing my old friends and it's really fun to talk to the students and to say, I've sat where you're sitting, literally, in that chair."
The Leon Foundation held a reception to kick off the "Keep Leon Strong" endowment campaign where they hope to raise 1 million dollars. The Leon Foundation President and Chairman says “we're holding these events with prestigious alumni, like Cheryl Hines to come back and show how much helping the school helps your community. So every dollar that goes back to Leon High School will be felt by the Leon community.”
Leon High School Principal, Billy Epting, says The Leon Foundation is like an academic booster club in helping both the school and the students. He says "the Foundation has been just a tremendous asset for Leon High School, not only just financial support but just sweat equity, volunteering hours, providing services that we normally just can't provide the kids." Hines feels that raising money for schools is a great opportunity for the community to come together. She also gave some important advice to fellow Leon High students about pursuing their dreams. She told them “get there and try and even if you fail, that's okay, you'll learn something and you'll try again, so my advice is just get out there and do it."
Hines will also be the Grand Marshal in this weekends Springtime Tallahassee parade. For more information on The Leon Foundation or to make a donation to the endowment fund call (850) 617-5700 or go to http://leonhighfoundation.org/
Tallahassee, FL -- Tallahassee native and Emmy nominated actress Cheryl Hines addressed a group of 9th grade chorus students Thursday at Leon High School.
"The chorus and the band. We were one unit, like the super nerds, we ruled the school!" said Hines.
The laughs that followed are nothing new to the t.v. star now. But she says that the chorus classroom she used to sit in brought back some memories.
"What's really fun is seeing the second generation. Some of these kids are coming up to me and telling me who their parents are and I'm thinking I can't be that old," she said.
Hines is set to be the grand marshal of the Springtime Tallahassee parade Saturday. She was joined by her former teachers at Leon who have a few funny stories of their own.
"Nobody had asked her to go to the prom. So she stood up in class and said "Mr. Mchenry will you take me to the prom?" said her former biology teacher Richard McHenry.
Hines was quick to point out she asked as friends, but still McHenry declined.
All jokes aside, Hines says that that annual Springtime Tallahassee tradition is a fond memory of hers from growing up, and one that makes her trip back well worth it.
"The whole community comes together and it's something that's very specific to Tallahassee. It's not a football game, it's not the fourth of July, it's something just for Tallahassee and you can feel that," said Hines.
Hines also participated in the Keep Leon Strong campaign. A foundation set up to try and raise one million dollars of endowment for Leon High School. You can catch her currently on the sitcom "Suburgatory."
This morning Ms. Hines addressed the 9th grade chorus class at Leon High School. She's the grand marshal of Springtime Tallahassee and a Leon alum, herself.
WCTV will bring you more on her visit tonight in Eyewitness News.
Press Release: Sachs Media Group
TALLAHASSEE - Emmy-nominated actress and Tallahassee native Cheryl Hines will be visiting Leon High School this Thursday, April 4, 2013 to lend her support to the Leon HS Foundation's "Keep Leon Strong" campaign to raise $1 million for a permanent endowment for Leon High School.
Ms. Hines will spend the day visiting students at the school and that afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. will be the guest of honor at a reception hosted by the Leon Foundation. Guests at the reception will include local officials Jackie Pons, Bryan Desloge, Gil Ziffer and Scott Maddox, former City Commissioner Mark Mustian, and many community leaders including Laura Rogers and Tim Jansen. Other invited guests will include numerous Leon alumni, parents and friends. After a reception in the foyer of Leon High School, several student groups will perform for Ms. Hines and reception guests in the recently refurbished Leon High auditorium.
The Leon Foundation was established in 1981 with the goal of raising funds to enrich the academic and extracurricular experiences of Leon High School students. Since its inception, the Leon Foundation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school. Drawing upon the school's exceptional base of involved parents, committed alumni and community supporters, the Leon Foundation launched the $1 million endowment campaign to provide Leon High students a consistent stream of funds that will be available in perpetuity to meet their educational needs and continue to fulfill the mission of the Leon Foundation.
Cheryl Hines is a 1983 graduate of Leon High School where she was very active in the school's performing arts department. Cheryl was nominated for an Emmy for her work on HBO's critically acclaimed "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and currently stars in the ABC hit comedy "Suburgatory". She has also starred and appeared in numerous movies including "RV" with Robin Williams.