The Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation (GEF) proudly announces the fourth annual Out to Eat for Education fundraiser set to take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Coinciding with Ball High School’s homecoming week, the event will occur on the same day as the homecoming parade.

“Our goal this year is to get more people in the community than ever to go out to eat to show their support for GISD students, teachers and of course our BHS Tors during their homecoming week,” GEF executive director Brittany Viegas said. “This event helps fill local restaurants on a week night in October and raises money for our teachers and schools, it’s a win-win!”

Funds will be raised by restaurants contributing a percentage of their food sales generated on the date of the event and will support GEF and its Grants to Teachers and Schools program, which provides resources directly to educators to implement innovative learning strategies in GISD classrooms. The community can support the event simply by dining out at a participating restaurant on Wednesday, October 23. A list of restaurants will be available on GEF’s website,, beginning September 1st.

“Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial event that raises much needed funding for our public schools and supports our local restaurateurs at the same time,” remarked event chair and GEF president Donna Koehler Mencacci.

Restaurants interested in participating can sign-up by downloading and submitting this form or by contacting the GEF office at (409) 766-5156 or

About GEF

The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation (GEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt philanthropic organization. GEF is independent of the Galveston Independent School District (GISD) but complements it through partnership. The organization’s mission is to enrich the educational experience and prepare students for the future by providing financial support to GISD educators, schools, and students. GEF works to increase private support for public education and benefits GISD students and staff by supporting activities that reach beyond the district’s budget or for which tax dollars cannot be expended. GEF encourages and recognizes creative approaches to learning and awards funds through a volunteer board of directors made up of business and community leaders.

For more information on GEF, please visit or contact Brittany Viegas at or (409) 766-5156.