The Melissa Education Foundation raised a record-breaking $139,215 for scholarships and teacher grants at its annual Gala fundraiser over the weekend.
“This was a true community effort,” said MEF Executive Director Becki Girouard. “Generous sponsors, dedicated board members, hard-working volunteers, and our supportive community came together to raise funds that will help MISD students reach their full potential. It was an incredible evening.”
The sold-out event included a live and silent auction comprised of items donated by individuals, organizations and businesses in the Melissa community. In addition, hundreds of hours were given by dozens of volunteers to ensure the Gala’s success.
“This year’s event was an incredible success. We far surpassed our fundraising goals and will be able to enrich the lives of more Melissa students than ever before,” said MEF Board Member Bruce Minchey.
Gala is MEF’s largest fundraiser of the year. Since 2006, the organization has provided more than $1 million in scholarships to graduating seniors and grants to Melissa ISD teachers.
“With increased funds this year, we plan to expand our teacher grant program designed to promote, encourage and recognized the creativity among Melissa’s outstanding educators, and provide students with incredible enrichment opportunities.” Girouard said. “In addition, we will be able to meet or goal of increasing the number of scholarship recipients each year.”
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