Foundation board members said attendance had more than doubled what was recorded at the first gala, and funds raised through ticket sales, the silent auction, and other contributions were also more than twice what was raised at last year’s event.
“Thank you so very much to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Boots ‘n Bling Gala last night!” read a statement posted on the foundation’s Facebook page. “Your generosity raised close to an amazing $119,000 for academic improvements for all K-12 students in the district and for the fun summer science camp for all students in the entire county.”
Foundation Board Chairman Eric Opiela said 490 tickets were purchased at the gala this year.
“We are very pleased with this year’s gala,” said Eric Opiela, board chairman. “I think people really enjoyed themselves.”
Opiela said close to $17,000 was raised at the silent auction, alone.
“John Wayne Schulz is always a crowd pleaser,” Opiela said, regarding the entertainment for the evening. “The important thing is what the funds raised enables the foundation to do.”
Funds raised over the past year will help make possible a planned STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) summer camp, as well as taking important steps toward establishing a vocational program for Karnes County high school students in preparation for careers with energy companies working within Karnes County.
The foundation was formed in 2011 and supports a common desire for promoting excellence in education for local students. Anyone interested in contributing or learning more about the foundation’s efforts can visit their website at www.kcisdfoundation.org.