The event raised $75,000 and boasted over 250 people in attendance for dinner and a sell-out of all the shooter spots for the skeet portion of the event.
“It was incredible,” said GWEF board president Board President Darlene Rhodes. “It greatly exceeded our expectations.”
She went on the say that among the 250 dinner guest were 25 sponsor tables.
The skeet shoot took place in the afternoon followed by the auction and dinner.
Rhodes said the dinner provided by Trout Street and Rental Express was popular among all the guest.
The silent auction and live auction had over 80 items that were donated and auctioned off.
Among some of the bigger tickets items was a weekend in Port Aransas with a day of fishing on an 82 foot boat that went for over $7,000, a Baretta shotgun went for over $4,000 and a deer hunt donated by the Rhode Ranch went for $5,000.
Those were just a few of the many items that were donated.
Rhodes said people were coming to her the day of the event offering to donate things for the auction.
“We were on cloud 9,” Rhodes said of herself and her other committee members.
Rhodes went on to say that the event would not have been as successful without the help of the wonderful volunteers. She said there were both parents and teachers who volunteered their time to make the event happen.
With this years event behind them, the committee is already looking forward to next year’s event.
Looking forward to next year , “ It’s hard to say we would change anything because it was just so phenomenal,” Rhodes said.
The one thing the committee is looking into for next year is adding more opportunities for skeet shooters, and possibly lowering the age of people allowed to shoot.
All the money collected from the event is going to education grants for GWISD employees. Employees in any department can apply for grants that somehow enhance the education of the students.
“We want this (the grants) to touch education purposes,” Rhodes said.
The grants applications will be available on a link through the school’s website soon and the prize parade to award the grants will be in April.