Set sail at the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation’s (GEF) annual Seaside Spring Soiree Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. This year’s event will take place at Sea Scout Base Galveston and will feature dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream dessert bar. The event celebrates the culmination of GEF’s first-ever annual campaign benefitting GEF and the Grants to Teachers and Schools program where financial assistance is provided to purchase learning materials and implement innovative programming in Galveston Independent School District (GISD) classrooms.
Guests will feel as though they’ve traveled the world when they indulge in the scrumptious catering by Galveston Restaurant Group congruent with the evening’s theme of “Never Stop Exploring.” Beer graciously donated by Del Papa Distributing and wine will be available in addition to a cash bar.
The silent auction will present a robust shopping experience with something for every budget from lavish vacations, professional/college sports tickets and sundry merchandise. Additionally, for $50 attendees can select a mystery box donated by Kendra Scott with a piece of jewelry valued at $50 and up inside.
GEF will pull two winning tickets for their annual raffle drawing at the Seaside Spring Soiree. One lucky winner will receive a Tempur-Pedic mattress set valued at up to $1,999 donated by StarFine Furniture & Sleep Center in Galveston. A second winning ticket holder will receive a Carnival Cruise for two contributed by Moody National Bank. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased at the event or by contacting the GEF office in advance of the event.
Will Wright, president of the GEF board of directors, added, “Our annual event has quickly proven to be a significant source of income for our programs while having a great time in the process. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the Sea Scout Base Camp for this year’s soiree!”
GEF is currently working to meet a challenge issued by the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund which granted the educational foundation $60,000 this past fall. The challenge is to raise $20,000 from first-time donors. The Moody PEF will match their success dollar for dollar meaning that the investments of new contributors will count twice for GEF. First-time donors have until the night of the event to help GEF meet the challenge.
“We have just tipped the halfway point toward meeting the challenge from the Moody PEF. I’ve been completely blown away by the generosity of our community and very excited to see new donors supporting GEF,” commented GEF executive director Erin Yarbrough.