Tables going quickly for FEF annual gala fundraiser

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Table reservations are underway for the 2017 annual gala fundraiser for the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation. The majority of tables have been reserved and the remaining few are available for a short time online, according to FEF Executive Director Paige Ridout.

Shanghai will be the theme for the 2017 annual fundraiser and it will be held at The Houstonian Spa and Resort in Houston, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.

Table sales began Sept. 1. Tables seat 10 guests.

Auction items are currently being pursued by Auction Chair and FEF Director Niki Rhodes. Her most recently acquired item is a popular returning event, Dinner with a NASA Astronaut generously donated by Mike and Lorrie Foreman. Mike Foreman is a former astronaut and currently serves as a Council member for the City of Friendswood.

FEF Directors Janet Wegner and CiCi Newkirk are chairing the event. The two have chaired many elaborate, successful FEF galas and as a result, have helped the organization with funding its many projects.

Their committee consists of FEF Directors Rhodes, Kelly Lovell, Joseph Ditta, Jamie Hill, Leslie Yarbrough Selena Ellis, Alan Stanfield, Tracy Hopkins and Molly Crow along with Century Club members Leah Direkly, and Deena Patel.

To reserve a table, donate an auction item, or get more information, go to the website at or call 281-996-6655.

The Friendswood ISD Education Foundation has given back to Friendswood ISD more than $1.2 million dollars in grants since its formation in 1999.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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