By KAROLYN GEPHART
“Small Town Saturday Night” was a successful Big Town event for the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation. The annual gala was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston Feb. 10.
Dinner, dancing, grant adoption and a live auction were on the night’s menu for a ballroom filled crowd wanting to support FISD.
The auction brought in $78,000 for the 501 (c)(3) that was started for FISD in 1999.
The most popular item on the sale was a Year of Luxury purchased for $6,750 by Robert Montemayor. In the package were car washes, massages, dermaplaning, flowers and jewelry all given each month for a year.
The second most popular item was the Friendswood High School stadium parking which sold two spots for $6,000 each. The two with parking permits for next year are Slade Lewis and Boyd Yarbrough.
Chairs for the gala were FEF Board members Molly Crow, Niki Rhodes and Leslie Yarbrough.
“The new chairs, Molly Crow, Niki Rhodes and Leslie Yarbrough, really hit a home run this year with ‘Small Town Saturday Night,’” FEF Executive Director Paige Ridout said. “The gala was another successful event this year. The Foundation has been able to give back over $172,000 to FISD Harvey hit employees this year. Most recently with the support of FISD’s Cline Elementary annual Clinefest donation of $25,000 with other recent donations, this will put our total distribution of over $200,000.”
So far the annual Adopt a Grant program has been successful, picking up over $27,000 in grants from Cline and Windsong PTO organizations. The Friendswood community has purchased $41,000 in grants through the online program.
Diamond Sponsors for the gala were HomeTown Bank of Friendswood and Texan Bank. Gold Sponsor was Stanfield Properties.
“We are still working on the exact numbers of how many grants were adopted the night of the gala,” Ridout said. “It has been an amazing year for the Foundation and we are so thankful for so much support. The funds are given back to teachers and students and that is the helping them build a foundation for their future.”
Ridout is encouraging all to Save the Date for next year’s gala: Feb. 9, 2019. Location is TBA.