The Ninth Annual Alvin ISD Education Foundation Capital Campaign Gala “An Evening Under the Stars” was held Friday, Sept. 16 at NASA’s Space Center Houston. The event raised over $100,000 for the Foundation thanks to the generosity of the over 350 guests, and all our sponsors and volunteers.
“Celebrity Waiters” added to the fun atmosphere with their decorations and antics. Celebrity Waiters included school board members Cheryl Harris, Nicole Tonini, Vivian Scheibel and Regan Metoyer. School board member Tiffany Wennerstrom served as the auction chair. Also waiting tables were school district staff members Carol Nelson, Dee Dee Baker, Scot Bryant, Bobby Martinez, Lisa Savage, Patrick Monaghan, Johnny Briseno, Leroy Castro, Kristi Plummer, Jackie Caffey, Daniel Combs, Mark McMahon, Donnie Marek, Christina Rice, Robert Ford, Natalie Hoskins and Brent Shaw along with helpers MaryAnne McWhirter, Buck Gilcrease, Michael Ann Bryant and Tracie Lee. Community members serving as waiters were Adam Arendell, Wendy Del Bello, Nick Droege, Terry Droege, Timi Forrest, David Selsky, Greg Hill, Gary Moore, Johanna McWilliams, Amy Roudbari, Robert Vasquez and John Wennerstrom and helpers were David Becker, Mike Merkel, Doug Olson, Marina Olson and Ida Salinas. A special thank you to Larry Buehler who was the evening’s announcer and auctioneer.
Generous sponsors made this event possible and the Foundation would like to thank each of those sponsors. Diamond sponsor was Stantec and Platinum sponsors were Avidcom/Atricom Group, Gamma Construction, HEB Pearland & Alvin, Meridiana and PBK. Gold sponsors were Challenge Office Products, Frost Bank, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, SBWV Architects, Inc., Brooks & Sparks/West Belt Surveying. The Silver sponsors were Alvin Noon Lions Club, Community Impact Newspaper, HomeTown Bank of Alvin, Lone star Fence & Construction, Pearl Theater, Rogers,Morris & Grover, LLP, Sarco Enterprises, Inc., TDEC, Inc. Electrical Contractor, Texas Advantage Community Bank, Ron Carter Automotive Dealerships, Memorial Hermann, Nothing Bundt Cakes-Pearland, Pearland Medical Center, Increase Financial and Pete Olson for Congress. The Bronze sponsors were Affinity Immediate Care, Alvin Community College, Alvin Elementary Team, Alvin Sunrise Rotary, AMOCO Federal Credit Union, beAed, Froberg’s Farm, INEOS, John Gates-Horace Mann, Scott Bolton-RBC Wealth Management, Shelley Naiser Properties/Guidon Building Solutions, SFACommunity Health Clinic, Terracon Consultants, Inc., The Becker Group, LLC, eWe Educational Consulting & Assoc., LLP, Shadow Creek Ranch-FBISD, Bob & Ruby Adams, Dr. Jim and Mary Jane Crumm, Troy & Mary Lee Crump, Tommy & Felicia Plummer, John & Tiffany Wennerstrom and Pearland City Council Members.
“The gala is a fun event because of the ‘Celebrity Waiters’ who work hard to serve and entertain our guests. Being able to be in Space Center Houston this year was amazing and made for a spectacular evening. This year the Gala was a great success and the money raised will support the students and staff of Alvin ISD,” said Sheila Olson, executive director of the Foundation.
“Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success – we are blessed to have the support of so many in our community and can’t wait for next year’s Gala,” said Shirley Brothers, president of the foundation board of directors.