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Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation
News Release
Thursday, February 23, 2012

    GISD Educational Foundation announces “A Trip Through Time” event set for April 19
Event celebrates tenth anniversary of the foundation and will showcase the history of Galveston through exhibits and student performances; proceeds will go towards teacher and school grants

GALVESTON, Texas – The Galveston ISD Educational Foundation (GEF) hosts its annual gala, “A Trip Through Time,” on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the historical Galveston Railroad Museum (123 25th Street), with performances, exhibits, and a silent auction. Each year, the GEF gala features a unique theme. This year will celebrate a decade of philanthropic giving to teachers and schools within GISD and commemorate the Foundation’s original board members.

“We are excited to be at the Galveston Railroad Museum for this year’s annual Spring event,” said GEF Executive Director, Eliza Quigley. “The museum is a great reminder of the roots of Galveston as a port city and trading center. The history of our coastal community will really come alive in this setting.”

“A Trip Through Time” will mark historical happenings in the local community via a hands-on celebration of Galveston’s colorful past and bright future. The importance of Galveston’s history will be highlighted by displays that show how the Island’s legacy is embedded in the curriculum and education of its students. Students will showcase talents throughout the evening.

Tickets to the event are $100 a person, $50 for GISD staff with a limit of two tickets, and sponsorship levels begin at $500. Each ticket includes entrance to the event, entertainment, and food and beverages. The event will feature a silent auction and a variety of exhibits and performances.

The GEF is a non-profit organization with the purpose to raise money for educational programs that wouldn’t otherwise be funded through regular school budgets. All proceeds from the event will support the foundation’s Grants-to-Teachers and Grants-to-Schools Program, which allows GISD teachers to enhance learning experiences of their students.

The foundation has reached over 20,000 students through these programs. Recent state mandated budget cuts make contributions from foundations and individuals increasingly important for school districts throughout Texas. Examples of projects recently funded by the GEF include a new kiln for the Ball High art department, books for a balanced literacy program at Oppe Elementary, costumes and supplies for the Weis Middle School theatre arts program, and funding for the Austin VEX robotics team to compete in the national championships.

For more information or to sign up as a sponsor of the GEF gala, please contact Eliza Quigley, Galveston ISD Educational Foundation Executive Director at 409-766-5157 or  

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