Moonlight Masquerade

Moonlight Masquerade Gala set for Saturday
as annual major FISD Education Foundation fundraiser

Moonlight Masquerade is the mood as well as the theme for the Friendswood ISD Education Foundation’s annual major fundraiser/gala set for this Saturday at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston. Celebrating Valentine weekend, the event offers music, dancing, live and silent auction and opportunities to adopt a grant.
            Chairing the event are Lesley DiBello and CiCi Newkirk with committee members Selena Ellis, Janet Wegner, Alan and Beth Stanfield, Paige Ridout, Kelly Lovell, Molly Crow, Leslie Yarbrough, Lynn Shigekawa, Susan Kelly, Sheri Barber and Karolyn Gephart.
            Music will be by Jet Set.
            Live auction items include vacation home stays on Hilton Head Island, New Braunfels on the Guadalupe, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several hunting and fishing trips are being offered as well as children’s water parties, cheerleading party and being a cheerleader on the track with the “real” cheerleaders on Homecoming (including the Homecoming Parade).
            To set the mood, a face painter, jesters, and mimes will be wandering the crowd in a masked ball setting.
            Decorative masks will be on display and for purchasing, especially for photos on the red carpet area.
            A large silent auction full of new and fresh items will be available for bidding. Athletic tickets, party food, jewelry, and much more are being offered.
            Grants for “adopting” will be in its own gallery. This is the fifth year for the program and the committee has set its goal for $95,000. So far, more than 130 grants have been adopted by the community, individuals and businesses.
            Funds earned from the fundraiser will be used to give grants by the Foundation to FISD this year, to serve for operational costs and to add to the endowment.
            The Foundation is thankful for its many sponsors this year. Leading the group isThe Moody Foundation, followed by Tom and Lesley DiBello, Primrose School ofFriendswood, Ham, Langston & Brezina and Stanfield Properties, Alan andBeth Stanfield.
            Additional supporters include Lexus Pursuit of Potential, Gulf Coast Educators FederalCredit Union, Space Center Orthodontics, Friendswood Chamber of Commerce,Raymond James Financial Services (Sally Branson and Harris Hanson), FriendswoodFrame and Gallery, The Green Event Center and Jacob White Construction, copyDR(Rex Baggett), McRee Ford, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Crouch Law Firm (Guy &Jean Crouch), and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP.
            Also supporting the Education Foundation are the following: Moody National Bank,Texas New Mexico Power, United Valve (Johnson and Lovell Families), Life$tyleFinancial (Mike & Janet Wegner), Katherine & Billy Rearick, Star Toyota, Amegy Bank of Texas, RandyEllis DDS, MS, Texan Bank, Bayway Lincoln Volvo, Shear Pleasure Salon and Day Spa, Hill Sand Company Inc., Hill Waste Services, Dixie Far Road Landfill,Texas Gulf Bank, ArtDwellers, Rotary Club of Friendswood, Friendswood Fine Arts Institute, McGriff, Seibels & Williams Inc., Thuy Epperson of State Farm Insurance, JSC Federal Credit Union, and Edwina Alexis Inc.
            United Way of Galveston County, GE United Way, Truist, GARC (Richard Gasaway), Bill Mehrens, Joycina Baker, Amy Ross, the Law Office of Steve O. Gonzalez, Lana& Richard Ledet and Thu Tran, O.D.
The Education Foundation is a non-profit,tax exempt 501(c)(3) public organization operating independently under its ownboard of directors. The Foundation’s vision is enhancing education inFriendswood Independent School District. Contact: Lynn @ lshigekawa