Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out Benefits LISD
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools hosted the 4th annual Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out at Cross Creek Ranch on Jan. 10. Attendees had the option to buy individual tickets for $125 or reserve a table for ten for $1,250. The event raised over $26,000 to provide grants for teachers, along with software packages, technology upgrades and many other projects benefiting Lovejoy Independent School District.
The night was filled with excitement as close to 250 guests enjoyed dinner with cocktails, before playing games and winning door prizes. Prairie House Restaurant provided beef and chicken fajitas, along with a variety of delicious desserts. Louis Murad, from Murad Auctions, emceed the event while Carey Lynn Photography took pictures throughout the evening. Games being played were Heads or Tails, Pokeeno and What's in Your Purse. A total of 15 door prizes were donated, along with gift cards from businesses that include Lovejoy Flower and Gift Shop, Hiatus Spa, Tory Burch and Blo Blow Drybar. Additional items were donated from Vera Bradley, Kendra Scott, Starbucks and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The Foundation for Lovejoy Schools' ongoing dedication to raising funds has tremendously helped Lovejoy ISD throughout the years. The foundation's Executive Director, Cindy Booker, explained, "To support our mission, the foundation has several fundraisers each year – Annual Appeal, Mens' Tailgate Tournament, Lovejoy Ladies' Night Out and the Denim & Diamonds Gala & Auction. At the end of each school year, we calculate the dollar amount for grants to the district. Grants are awarded through the Invest in Excellence process for the following school year. We also financially support our teachers’ professional development through Learning at Lovejoy."
Booker went on to say, "Invest in Excellence is a procedure that the foundation in partnership with Lovejoy ISD follows to ensure that all grants to the district are aligned with the curriculum, will get properly utilized and will impact the highest number of students. The process begins when teachers submit grant ideas to the district’s Invest in Excellence committee. After the grants are considered and narrowed down by the committee, the foundation’s grant committee works with the district to prioritize them. After the foundation’s board of directors determine the amount of funds to be awarded for the year, grants are approved based on the recommendation of the committees."
Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation for Lovejoy Schools has granted over $2.9 million to benefit the students and staff of Lovejoy ISD. They awarded $451,100 in grants for the 2017-2018 school year alone. The foundation’s next fundraiser is the Denim & Diamonds Gala & Auction taking place on April 7 at the Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Plano. For more information, visit foundationforlovejoyschools.org.