LEF raises thousands for LISD students, teachers in an evening

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Superintendent Kevin Rogers, center, and school board members gather for a group photo. Trustees don their place numbers on their Seuss-inspired hats. (Photo courtesy of Bobby Brown Photography)

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dr. Seuss wrote words of guidance in his last published work of his lifetime. Lewisville ISD Education Foundation used “Oh, the places you’ll go!” as the theme for its annual fund-raising event Evening for Education.

Donors raised $158,000 to finance student scholarships and teacher grants this past Saturday. Over 500 people gathered in a banquet hall bedecked with Seussical trees and colorful signs to support LISD education.

Attendees contributed in several ways. They silently bid on signed jerseys, a private jet ride with dinner, brand-name purses, gaming systems and a range of other items. A persistent auctioneer in a cowboy hat led many to bid on cooking lessons, evenings with personal chefs, getaways from Vegas to Mexico, and SWAT training with the Lewisville Police Department.

Other patrons bought $100 silver spoons for a chance to win a trip to Mexico. Some bought bottles of wine or gift cards to contribute. There were a handful of benefactors who donated without tangible incentive, giving hundreds of dollars to fund a teacher’s grant or a student’s scholarship.

Servers capped with red-striped top hats distributed gourmet samples from 21 restaurants. Palm-sized plates were dolloped with such ingredients as gorgonzola, steak, aioli, kimchi, bacon, brussel sprouts, gravy, brie and salted caramel.

The restaurants competed in four categories and winners were chosen by attendees. Fish City Grill was awarded best appetizer. Verf’s Tavern & Grill won best entree while Savory Bistro had the best dessert. Italian steakhouse Bistecca won for best display.

The Evening for Education committee spent nine months preparing the Seuss-themed event. Collin Graves, financial advisor and member of the planning committee, said the majority of the expenses for the night, including food, wine and items for bid, were donated.

LEF was able to award $76,525 in grants to LISD teachers and 263 scholarships totaling $170,000 to students with the proceeds of 2015’s event.

To learn how you can help LEF with their mission of changing children’s lives through matching donors with the needs of students and teachers, visit www.lisdef.com

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