The purpose of the gala was to raise funds that directly benefit district students and teachers in areas such as upgrades in technology and funding teacher innovative grants.
The gala events for the evening included a meet and greet, a welcome by Foundation President Stephen Dziuk, a dinner buffet, dance, bucket raffle drawings, and door prizes, among other features. National Honor Society students served as the house party for the gala, with the evenings music coming from Corpus Christi band Five Card Draw.
Foundation officials said that $167,445 was raised at the gala, primarily through local businesses and private individuals
Among the festivities of the evening was a special award presentation given to Frank Paul Nieschwietz for his great support and dedication to both the school district and the Foundation. The award was presented by Falls City ISD Superintendent Tylor Chaplin.
“Mr. Frank Nieschwietz was given an award for his unwavering support of the Falls City community and as a major contributor of the Falls City Education Foundation,” said Mindy Jendrusch, a board member of both the Falls City ISD and the Foundation.
The Falls City Education Foundation began organization in 2012 and obtained its official non-profit charitable 501(c) 3 status in 2013. In its short existence so far, the foundation had already raised a substantial amount of funds for the district, even prior to the gala.
“The Falls City Education Foundation has already contributed $150,000 to the district that was received by individual donors for the purpose of technology, teacher grants; which included classroom tablets, portable elementary science labs, music equipment upgrades, classroom projectors, Spanish pronunciation technology, social studies, ag and math department upgrades,” explained Jendrusch. “The students of Falls City ISD have always made our community proud. The Foundation wants to enhance their learning environment to show appreciation for their efforts and will help them continue to excel in all their endeavors. The educational tools will help these students become successful in our community and in the future workforce.”