Annual Giving

Corbett Prep Community Comes Together
“For the Love of Lucia”


Photo courtesy of ImagoModo Photographry.

A group of faculty and alumni organized a benefit concert to raise money for the medical needs of a teacher’s daughter.

Sept. 20, 2013 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Lucia Aurora Ferlita will turn 1 on Oct. 4. She is bright and bubbly with a smile that gives no hint of the medical struggles she faces.

Lucy, whose mother Lisa is a teacher at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, has a rare muscle disorder. She has low muscle tone, relying on a feeding tube to eat and a ventilator to breathe. Her doctors are unclear of her prognosis and what her future will bring. Numerous therapies have helped her progress, and parents Lisa and Russell Ferlita hope to give their daughter the best quality of life they can.

To help them, the Ferlitas’ Corbett Prep family organized “For the Love of Lucia,” a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the school’s Farish Center. Some Corbett Prep faculty and alumni put together a showcase of performances that include the sentimental, the silly and, of course, the showstoppers.

Lisa Ferlita, a dance teacher, always puts others first. “When you’re around her, you think you’re the most important person to her,” says Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman. The benefit concert allows the community to give back to the Ferlitas.

Learn more about Lucy’s story with pictures, videos and updates on Facebook at or at (search for “For the Love of Lucia”).

Seth Travaglino led a rehearsal for some of the numbers last week.

A variety of performances are planned for an uplifting night.




Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.