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Surf’s Up Success!

Lamar CISD teachers will be busy this summer drafting ideas for grants from the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation. While the teachers are always looking for innovative ways to educate students, they know the funds will be there, due to the success of Surf’s Up presented by OakBend Medical Center.

“Our beach party is becoming the social event of the year,” said L.E.A.F. President Chip Sutton. “More than 1,200 people enjoyed dancing to the Triumphs, and after the bills were paid, more than $114,000 was raised to underwrite teacher grants for this fall! Thanks again to OakBend Medical Center for their support in underwriting Surf’s Up.”

“We are delighted to be a community partner with the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend. “Surf’s Up is a great event, a lot of fun and a pleasure to sponsor.”


Smith Elementary once again had the largest attendance of any LCISD school and had a great time bidding on desserts.  It was a fun night for all!

OakBend Medical Center to Present Surf’s Up

The azaleas are in bloom, the wild flowers are out, the cold weather is gone. Time to hit the beach because “Surf’s Up!”

OakBend Medical Center is the title sponsor for the 2016 Surf’s Up School’s Out, with the Triumphs, benefitting the Lamar Educational Awards foundation (L.E.A.F.).

The dinner, dance and auction will be Friday, May 6 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with Vincent Morales auctioning off 20 desserts immediately following. The dance starts at 9:00 p.m. with entertainment by Fort Bend County’s favorite party band, The Triumphs.

Funds raised at Surf’s Up go to underwrite grants for Lamar CISD teachers. More than $317,000 was awarded by the L.E.A.F. “Grant Express” in 2015. Since 2000, L.E.A.F has awarded more than $2.5 million dollars in grants for innovative classroom project.

Individual tickets are $25, which includes a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Vincek’s. Reserved tables for eight are $250.

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.OakBend Administrative team and board members are ready for a fun evening at Surf’s Up 2016. Back Row L-R , Norma Petrosewicz, Rodney Lenfant, Tim McCarty, Sue McCarty, Donna Ferguson, Joe Freudenberger and Loretta Flynn.



Creative chefs cook up fun evening for L.E.A.F.

While Fried Boudin Balls, Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Scooby Snacks doesn’t exactly sound like a winning combination, those were just a few of dishes enjoyed by more than 650 people supporting the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation at this year’s Men Who Cook, presented by Sprint Waste.

“The evening was so much fun cooks are already signing up for next year’s event and the Ken Mondshine and Brotherhood Band has already been reserved again,” said Chip Sutton, L.E.A.F. Board President. “We’ve never had so many stay and dance the night away!” In addition to fabulous food from 51 local “celebrity” chefs, fabulous items were up for bid in live and silent auctions.

Over $160K was raised which will go toward supporting innovative ideas and classroom projects proposed by Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded. L.E.A.F. also offers scholarships to graduating Lamar CISD seniors and to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

In sixteen years of existence, L.E.A.F. has invested more than $2.5 million into LCISD schools.

L.E.A.F.’s next event, Surf’s Up School’s Out, presented by OakBend Medical Center, will be May

“We invite everyone to join us for one of the most fun events in the county,” Sutton said.

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