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Lamar Education Awards Foundation
News Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Men Who Cook 2012 Preparations Underway

Come for the food.

Stay for the drinks.

Leave with the auction items.

The planning committee for Men Who Cook 2012, presented this year by Andy Sanford and Diana Alexander of RBC Wealth Management, is finalizing the details for this year's event, to be held February 18, at Safari Texas in Richmond. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with the Billie Ledbetter Orchestra providing the evening's musical entertainment.

While the tasty temptations of more than 50 celebrity chefs is reason enough to attend,  auctioneer-extraordinaire Jeff Council will be on hand to dispense with eight exciting items in the live auction.

Escape to the mountains, spending five nights in Joyce and Tom Zachman's Colorado home. This gorgeous home, nestled in the San Juan Mountains, will accommodate 8 guests with ease.

Rather stay in Texas? Than spending 4 days 3 nights on South Padre Island in Bob and Marcia Vogelsang's beachside condo might be the package for you.

If fishing is your thing, you and two friends will enjoy a voyage from West Matagorda Bay with Walt Wendtland as your expert guide.

Ready to shop till you drop?  Six lucky shoppers will be whisked away to enjoy a guided trip to the Original Round Top Antique Fair in March.

If you like to entertain, invite 23 of your friends to enjoy an authentic Cuban Pig Roast at your place.

Have a bigger group to entertain; Jimmy Cantu of Pier 36 will host an evening of appetizers and drinks at Old South Plantation.

Rather have barbecue?  Then be the winning bidder to have the award-winning cook team, Passin' Gas, serve you and 49 friends a dinner with all the trimmings served up at the Gurecky Farm in Guy.

Impress your friends when you throw out the first pitch at a Skeeters game. You and 24 friends will enjoy watching the game from an air condition suite, away from the buzzing mosquitoes!

Proceeds from the evening are used to support the creative ideas and classroom projects by Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded. L.E.A.F. also offers scholarship to graduating Lamar CISD students and to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates.

In twelve years of existence, L.E.A.F. has invested more than $1.45 million into LCISD schools.

Sponsors supporting L.E.A.F. at the Silver level include Automated Logic-Houston,  Bill and Sandra Billingsley, Consolidated Property Advisors, Fluor, Gurecky Manufacturing Service, Lee and Jan Leaman, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson,  McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Texas, Nalco, Neil and Carolyn Banfield, NewQuest Properties, PBK Architects, RiverPark West, Rogers, Morris & Grover L.L.P., State Representative John Zerwas M.D., UnitedHealthcare, Universal Corrosion Specialist and Will and Rachel Leaman.

Bronze level sponsors are Amegy Bank of Texas, Archi*Technics/3/Molina Walker Architecs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bass Construction, Bonbrook Plantation, City-County Benefits Services, Consolidated Home Health,  Cross Creek Ranch, DHK Development, Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, Drymalla Construction Company, First Southwest Company, Gilbane, IDC Inc., Kathy and Lonnie Meadows/Lamar and Dana Meadows/NewFirst Insurors, Kay Danziger, Lee Mahlmann, D.D.S., Legacy Ford and Long Meadow Farms.  Also, Memorial Hermann - Sugar Land, NewFirst National Bank, Null Lairson, Paul and Janice Knight, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Motts, Rice & Gardner Consultants/Vanir Construction Management, Richmond Rotary, Ricoh, Safari Texas, SouthWest Water Company, The Hunton Group, Thompson & Horton, Vinson & Elkins, VLK Architects and WCJC/UofH SugarLand.

Tickets for the gala are $60. For more information regarding L.E.A.F. or to purchase tickets, contact Janice Knight at 832.223.0334.

Ocean Star

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