Records were broken everywhere at the Moonlight Masquerade fundraiser gala Saturday night at the Houstonian Hotel. The Friendswood ISD Education Foundation was thrilled to see record contributions in all categories, making this year’s event the best it has ever been.
The gala committee hoped to see $160,000 from ticket sales, tables sales, and both silent and live auctions. While $20,0000 was expected from silent auction and $40,000 from the live auction, it was a Foundation first when the silent auction brought in $23,000, and the live auction brought in $50,000. Adopt a Grant is currently over $20,000 so the $160,0000 estimate has jumped to $185,000, an increase of $25,000!
Checks are still coming in, but current estimates of net revenue show over $350,000. Success? The FEF thinks yes.
Before dinner, a special presentation was made to the Moody Foundation who funded the FISD Education Foundation $100,000 to meet their $1 million in endowment and $1 million in giving goals. Ingrid and Bobby Moody, whose children attend FISD schools, were there to accept a plaque. The Foundation is so thankful to the Moody Foundation for helping the 15 year old 501c(3) reach a goal that began at it’s own creation: to put $1 million in endowment to insure the future and to give $1 million to FISD faculty and staff.
Another new item for this year included the raffling of a 2014 Kawasaki Mule from UV Country. Ingrid Moody drew the winning name.
Chairing this year’s gala were the following FISD Foundation directors: Lesley DiBello and CiCi Newkirk with committee members Selena Ellis, Janet Wegner, Alan and Beth Stanfield, Paige Ridout, Kelly Lovell, Molly Crow, Leslie Yarbrough, Lynn Shigekawa, Susan Kelly, Sheri Barber, and Karolyn Gephart.
Music was provided by Jet Set who helped the M.C., Mike Hickey, in his presentations as well as provide music for dancing.
Live auction items include vacation home stays on Hilton Head Island, New Braunfels on the Guadalupe, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several hunting and fishing trips were offered as well as children’s water parties, a cheerleading party, and being a cheerleader for a day at Homecoming (including the Homecoming Parade).
To set the mood, two face painters added art to guests’ faces, a stilted juggler put spinning pins into the air above everyone, and jesters and mimes wandered the crowd in a masked ball setting.
Decorative masks were on display and available for purchase, especially for photos on the red carpet.
A large silent auction full of new and fresh items was available for bidding. Athletic tickets, party food, jewelry, and much more are being offered.
Grants available for “adoption” had their own gallery. This is the fifth year for the program and the committee had set it’s goal for $95,000. So far, more than 165 grants have been adopted by the community.
Funds earned from the fundraiser will be used to give grants by the Foundation to FISD this year, to serve for operational costs and to add to the endowment.
The Foundation is thankful for its many sponsors this year. Leading the group is The Moody Foundation, followed by Tom and Lesley DiBello, Primrose School of Friendswood, Ham, Langston & Brezina and Stanfield Properties, Alan and Beth Stanfield.
Additional supporters include Lexus Pursuit of Potential, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, Space Center Orthodontics, Friendswood Chamber of Commerce, Raymond James Financial Services (Sally Branson and Harris Hanson), Friendswood Frame and Gallery, The Green Event Center and Jacob White Construction, copyDR (Rex Baggett), McRee Ford, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Crouch Law Firm (Guy & Jean Crouch), and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP.
Also supporting the Education Foundation are the following: Moody National Bank, Texas New Mexico Power, United Valve (Johnson and Lovell Families), Life$tyle Financial (Mike & Janet Wegner), Katherine & Billy Rearick, Star Toyota, Amegy Bank of Texas, Randy Ellis DDS, MS, Texan Bank, Bayway Lincoln Volvo, Shear Pleasure Salon and Day Spa, Hill Sand Company Inc., Hill Waste Services, Dixie Far Road Landfill, Texas Gulf Bank, ArtDwellers, Rotary Club of Friendswood, Friendswood Fine Arts Institute, McGriff, Seibels & Williams Inc., Thuy Epperson of State Farm Insurance, JSC Federal Credit Union, and Edwina Alexis Inc.
United Way of Galveston County, GE United Way, Truist, GARC (Richard Gasaway), Bill Mehrens, Joycina Baker, Amy Ross, the Law Office of Steve O. Gonzalez, Lana & Richard Ledet and Thu Tran, O.D.
Heartfelt thanks again are extended to The Moody Foundation.
The Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public organization operating independently under its own board of directors. The Foundation’s vision is enhancing education in Friendswood Independent School District.