Cast off for a night of dancing, drinks, delectables and nautical themed fun at the 2015 Galveston ISD Educational Foundation (GEF) Spring Event. Tickets for the annual fundraiser, held at the San Luis Resort’s Galveston Island Convention Center’s Gulf View Terrace on Thursday, March 12th from 6 to 9 p.m., are $100 per person and available here or by calling 409-766-5157.


 Proceeds from this event directly benefit GEF’s operations and grants program where GISD teachers, schools, students and district-wide initiatives are supported. Last year the foundation funded in excess of $155,000 in programs and projects not eligible to be funded by tax dollars.


“Our annual Spring Event is our largest fundraiser of the year,” explains Erin Kay, GEF Executive Director. “The Educational Foundation’s grants program to GISD teachers couldn’t be nearly as generous without its proceeds.”

The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, a photo booth, displays on projects GEF has funded throughout the year and a beer and wine bar, generously underwritten by Del Papa Distributing. Highlights of the silent auction include an Acapulco vacation, Mountain Lake getaway, Croatia escape, University of Texas football tickets, Texas A&M University football tickets, Saltwater Dinner for 10, signed sports memorabilia and much more.

“GEF is continuing to build on its nautical theme with this year’s spring event, ‘Anchors Away.’ Not only is it our biggest annual event, it is an opportunity for the community to welcome our new Executive Director, Erin Kay,” states GEF President, Laura Hughes-McDermott. “The funds raised will support the foundation’s all-important mission – to enrich the educational experience at GISD.”

Interested individuals and business are also invited to become an underwriting sponsor for the event. To support this event and reserve your place on the invitation, please contact Erin Kay by email at erinkay@gisd.org or 409-766-5157. Forms must be received by January 28, 2015 for inclusion on the invitation and in all event publicity material.

About GEF

The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation is a 501 C 3 non-profit, tax exempt philanthropic organization and is independent of the GISD Schools but complementing it through partnership. Sharing a vision of enhancing education in the GISD Schools, GEF works to increase private support for public education and benefits GISD students and staff by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars. The foundation encourages and recognizes creative approaches to education through grants and awards. The foundation is composed of a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and community leaders.