Friday, September 28, 2012

A Record Fund-raising Goal for SBEF

Spring Branch Education Foundation hits new record fund-raising goal

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) officials presented a record-setting, symbolic check to district officials for school and student programs during the Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Sept. 24. Mike Rome., chairman of SBEF, presented to district leaders the annual check representing gifts and scholarship awards totaling $615,191 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

This amount marks a new fundraising record for the Foundation. “I want to praise all of the volunteers who are committed to the Board and its goals, and to all of the volunteers that do the fundraising. They are very committed to giving back to the teachers and students,” Foundation Chairman Rome said. “This $615,000 contribution reflects many grants for students and teachers. Without it, a lot of the programs that we all know would not be available.

“We are just excited to support and to be a part of the education of all students in Spring Branch, and to help our teachers in any way that we can,” he also said. SBEF Executive Director Cece Thompson assisted in the Board presentation. Community Relations Officer Linda Buchman introduced the annual check presentation event, speaking highly of the nonprofit organization and its leadership. Earlier in the Monday meeting, Superintendent of Schools Duncan F. Klussmann, Ed.D., described the Foundation as “the best school education foundation in the nation.”

The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of education for every student in SBISD. Since its founding, the Foundation has provided more than $7 million in financial support to district students and teachers. To support programs, the Foundation hosts both annual and special fund-raising events.

These include the fall SBEF Golf Classic, the springtime Crystal Awards recognizing outstanding teachers and the Running for the Arts 5K Run and 1K Run/Walk, which supports the arts and physical education programs. This fall, SBEF is sponsoring two new, special fund-raising events – An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group on Nov. 19 and High Heels and High Hopes, a style show and luncheon on Nov. 16.

To learn more, visit the SBEF website.

SBEF is seeking additional funds to meet its Fund for the Future Endowment goal of $1 million to maintain program donations on an ongoing basis.

Your donations can help!