The Hill Country Education Foundation’s 6th Annual Giddy Up Gala united the Four Points community in raising more than $125,000 for the eight schools in the Vandegrift High School feeder pattern on Feb. 27.
Nearly 400 people attended the event at the Westin Austin at the Domain and learned about HCEF’s new tagline, “Your Viper Nation Academic Booster,” while enjoying an evening of auction, dining and dancing.
Funds raised will affect the many programs HCEF supports including impact grants, scholarships, PSAT boot camp, SAT curriculum, robotics grants, Naviance, International Baccalaureate and much more.
The highlight of the evening occurred during the “Fund-A-Need” when HCEF presented a multi-phase project that will transform the VHS library into a “Learning Commons” where students will share space for information technology, collaboration, group study, classroom instruction and more. The first priority and phase one is to remodel the library computer lab and create a new “Scholar Lab”.
The Scholar Lab will serve multiple purposes. Glass will create a barrier-free space allowing librarians a direct view of students at all times. Small groups, large groups, independent study and classroom instruction can all take advantage of the new flexible room. Gala guests raised more than $30,000 for this part of the project, which allows for matching grant opportunities from other organizations and demonstrates that the Four Points community is behind this initiative.
Donors at $500 received the opportunity for a special designation in the new “Library Commons” that will highlight one student’s name and class year. Families who gave $1,000 can highlight two students and so forth. HCEF envisions a striking visual tribute for future Vipers and Vandegrift alumni alike.
Giving for the Learning Commons continues and this naming opportunity has been extended as we continue to raise $100,000 which is the estimated cost of the project. Watch the video to learn more and give today at www.HillCountryEdFoundation.org.
Giddy Up Gala sponsors:
Tuscan Village Lakeway
Cedar Park Pediatric & Family Medicine
Pete & Misti Dwyer
Lexus of Lakeway
Gene Arant Team, Keller Williams Realty
Four Points Orthodontics, David R. Nelson DDS
Brenda & Lance Langford
Solaris Private Wealth Management
Austin Diagnostic of Steiner Ranch
Cool Creek Family Dental
Gloria & Mack Parker
Mary & Geoffrey Scherer
Craig Smyser, RE/MAX Capital City
Four Points Chamber of Commerce
Moviehouse & Eatery
Four Points News
Arbor Car Wash
Pete & Misti Dwyer
Four Points Orthodontics, Dr. David R. Nelson DDS
Rhonda Durrill, Avalar Real Estate Austin
The John Gilbert Family
Intelligent Real Estate, John Wilson
Moviehouse & Eatery
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
Randalls Food Markets
RedFin Seafood Kitchen
Steiner Cleaners & Laundry
Texas Youth Hunting Program
Texas Beef Council
Tiffany Collins Blackmon
Travaasa Experiential Resort
Vandegrift Football Team & Booster Club
HCEF also pointed out that many hard working, dependable and dedicated volunteer chairs helped make the event a success.
Debbie Donohue – event chair
Julie Petrucelli and Cherisse Smyser – silent auction chairs
Stephanie Johnson and Misti Dwyer – live auction chairs
Chris Lee – ticket sales/technology chair
Myra Roberts, centerpieces and Pam Province, auction tables – decorating chairs
Catherine Parrington – entertainment chair
Mary Scherer – Fund-A-Need chair
Michelle Beck – HCEF board liaison
There were many more hands that brought their talents from pre-Gala preparation and procurement to set-up and event night help. HCEF thanks the generous parents and students who were an integral component to the fundraiser’s success including Julie Ballengee, Caroline Bayse, Jenifer Blau, Ben Borer, Travis Brannan, Jill Collins, Chris Donohue, Michael Johnson, Jr., Stacey and Ted Jones, Laura, Tanner and Hunter Lee, Barb Lucido, Ellie Pasquarette, Peggi and Kyra Patel, Jim Roberts, Julie Sabuda, Dana Schwent, Lynette Haaland Seitzler, Tonya and Adam Stahl, Barbara Vallone, Laurie Wright and VHS PALS.