Crosby E.F. goes black & white to fund valued lessons

CEF 2014 GRANT ADOPTERS: Pictured are sponsors in attendance Richard & Kay Schexnayder

It was a Black & White night for the Crosby Education Foundation (CEF) as it hosted its Fourth Annual Grants Gala this past Friday at the Crosby Knights of Columbus Hall.

The Grants Gala, held annually to raise funds to provide grants to Crosby ISD teachers to impact the learning experiences they provide to Crosby ISD students, featured fine food, fine attire, as well as fine music provided by The Busch Administration with Coy Killion, Cody Kouba and Friends.

Guests generously took part in a live and silent auction. Whether one wanted to yell ‘GOAL’ at a Houston Dynamo game or enjoy a quiet movie night at home, there was a wide variety of items to be won during the silent auction. Sports memorabilia featuring JJ WATT, exciting fishing or hill country excursions, and handcrafted outdoor products highlighted the live auction.

Gala guest and Crosby ISD parent Tashaella Bennett stated, “Although Crosby ISD does a fantastic job of providing necessary resources to our kids and teachers, the funds raised through this event will help to take classroom experiences to the next level for our students.”

Preliminary results indicate that the gala raised approximately $76,000 for Crosby ISD programs. This tremendous amount is representative of the great support the Gala received from underwriters, sponsors and attendees.

Connie Harrison, CEF Grant Gala committee chair, commented about the event and its supporters. “The CEF Gala could not happen without a multitude of persons planning, working and supporting the event. The decor, food and music were outstanding with unique touches that reflected the dedication of our board to create a wonderful experience for CISD supporters. The Teacher Grant display, where 26 teachers had their grant adopted, was our Gala highlight. We were fortunate to see Grants that provided enhancements to the students’ learning experience, such as Rigby readers, a trike program, a sensory room, AP graphing calculators, science kits, and a cougar spirit store adopted during the night.”

CEF was formed for the purpose of partnering with Crosby ISD and the local business community to enrich teaching, inspire learning and maximize opportunities for all Crosby ISD students. The fall grants gala and spring golf tournament serve as CEF’s primary fundraising vehicles.