Gifford Youth Orchestra’s Crystals on the Beach

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The Gifford Youth Orchestra (GYO), established by Dr. Crystal Bujol, will have its 18th Anniversary fundraiser, Crystals on the Beach, on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Crystals on the Beach is proudly underwritten by New Vision Eye Center.

Unable to have an in-person fundraiser this year, the GYO is planning a virtual fundraising event featuring historical anecdotes by Dr. Bujol, testimonials by parents and teachers, and a few musical selections by GYO students and alumni.

The fundraiser will take place between 5-6pm on Sunday, April 18th and can be viewed from the comfort of your own home. The fundraiser will also include an online silent auction comprised of exciting items and packages including: a golf cart limousine, one-of-a-kind artwork, dinner and theatre evenings, and a delicious day in downtown Vero.  The online auction will commence on April 5th and conclude on April 16th.

2020 Gifford Youth Orchestra

Tickets range from $100 to attend the virtual concert; $200 to the concert plus receive a special Charcuterie box; and $300 to the concert, a box, and one bottle of Champagne per household. The charcuterie boxes were prepared by the Ladies of Sunrise Rotary.

Charcuterie boxes can be delivered to participant’s homes or picked up at the Heritage Center from 4pm to 5pm on April 18th, the day of the concert.

Established in 2003 by Dr. Bujol at the prompting of Gifford resident Annie Powell, GYO’s mission is to provide education and training in various cultural and performing arts for the youth of Gifford and neighboring communities.  

With a core focus on mastering stringed instruments, over 221 young people have had instruction opportunities in music, drama, and vocal arts.

Crystals on the Beach is also sponsored by Carol Ludwig & Warren Obluck, Dr. Brain Wells, Roger T. Sobkowiak, Mark Wygonik, Jane Burton, and Marcus A. Rogers, Esq.

To purchase tickets, bid on the online auction, or make a donation, go to the GYO webpage:

Gifford Youth Orchestra Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Crystal Bujol – Chairperson                                                                                                           

Dr. Elaine Wood – Vice Chairperson                                                                                                               

James Parks – Secretary                                                                                                                                 

Terry Domino – Recording Secretary                                                                                                         

Roger T. Sobkowiak – Treasurer                                                                                                             

Jamari Johnson Williams – GYO Alumni Association                                                                           

Helen Perry                                                                                                                                                   

James Jordan                                                                                                                                             

Larry Staley                                                                                                                                               

Mark P. Wygonik                                                                                                                                  

Wilfred Hart                                                                                                                                          

Marcus A. Rogers, Esq.                                                                                                                             

Jane P. Burton                                                                                                                                          

Oscar Sales Jr.                                                                                                                                              

Jeryl Thompson – Administrative Director

The Gifford Florida Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Florida Corporation not affiliated with or a division of any other corporation. They are a Community Resource for children, primarily in Gifford, as well as other neighboring communities in Indian River County.

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