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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 1,100 people enjoyed dancing to the Triumphs, and after the bills were paid, more than $124,000 was raised to underwrite teacher grants for next 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.”

After the crowd enjoyed a Vincek’s chicken-fried steak dinner, auctioneer Shorty Yeaman, with help from Vincent Morales, got the crowd into a lively bidding totaling $103,500 for the 23 desserts donated by L.E.A.F supporters.

Funds raised at Surf’s Up go to underwrite grants for Lamar CISD teachers. More than $339,000 was awarded by the L.E.A.F. “Grant Express” in 2016. Since 2000, L.E.A.F has awarded more than $2.9 million dollars in grants for innovative classroom project.

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Fluor Makes STEM Donation

The Fluor Foundation donated $20,000 to the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation to underwrite science, technology engineering and math (STEM) programs.

“The demand for STEM talent is growing faster than ever before,” said Tim Palmore Senior Project Director at Fluor. “We continue to inspire and prepare students with a foundation in STEM disciplines to help meet the demand for the high-tech jobs of today and tomorrow. We are pleased to partner with Lamar Educational Awards Foundation in its efforts to increase STEM initiatives throughout Lamar Consolidated Independent School District.”

L.E.A.F. supports creative ideas and classroom projects of Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded.

“We are thrilled that Fluor is committed to supporting the students of Lamar CISD,” said Janice Knight, executive director for L.E.A.F.

Men Who Cook 2017 was a Success! 

While Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Pork ‘n Bean Salad and Bread Pudding 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 Johnson Development Corp.

“Men Who Cook served up good times and raised an impressive amount of money for L.E.A.F.,” said Rob Bamford, general manager of Johnson Development Corp.’s Cross Creek Ranch. “We were happy to be a title sponsor for such a worthy organization.”

“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, many magnificent items were up for bid in live and silent auctions.

Men Who Cook 2017 raised more than $182,000 was raised to support 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 students and to the District’s paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

L.E.A.F.’s next event, Surf’s Up School’s Out, presented by OakBend Medical Center, will be May 5 at the Fort Bend Fairgrounds.

 

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