Lake Cities Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala Promises to Be a Grand Time

Lake Cities Education Foundation 16th Annual Gala Promises to Be a Grand Time

by Susan Neuhalfen

Mark your calendars for the most unforgettable night of the year in the Lake Cities. The Lake Cities Education Foundation’s 16th Annual Gala will be held at Ashton Gardens in Corinth on Thursday, November 10, starting at 6:00 p.m.

There are many things that set this event apart from others, the most important being that the money goes directly to fund scholarships for students at Lake Dallas High School and innovative grants for teachers. Last year 19 scholarships were awarded ranging from $11,000 to $500, benefiting the graduating seniors at Lake Dallas High School.

“Many of the same people come back every year because it’s such fun. It’s a very popular social event in our community,” said Karla Landrum, Executive Director. “We are also fortunate to have a lot of teachers and other school district employees at LDISD who volunteer to help because they are so supportive of what we do.”

Something new to this year’s event is the addition of Dean McCurry as the live auctioneer. The auction has always been legendary with items ranging from hover boards to drones to flat screen TVs and jewelry up for bid. However, this year, once gala attendees have registered for the event, they can view all of the items that will be available in both the live and silent auction on their mobile devices in advance. They may begin bidding as early as November 7 when the items come online. This gives them two advantages: first, they may decide what items are of interest and begin bidding; and second, they may keep track of the items of interest during the event without having to constantly visit the auction tables. Only those in attendance at the gala may bid on live auction items the day of the gala. However, bidders may bid on silent auction items remotely throughout the night of the gala.

“This is a new process and we’re very excited about it,” said Lake Cities Education Foundation Board President Don Glockel. “But you can’t remotely bid on live auction items the night of the gala, you have to be there.”

The Lake Dallas High School Jazz Band will take the stage at 6pm as the silent auction begins and gala attendees come to browse the raffle and auction items. A plated dinner is served at 7pm and the fun continues throughout the night.

One of the best ways to get involved, according to Don Glockel, is to sponsor a table. For a tax deductible donation, the table will have a tent sign with your company name (or just your name for those sponsoring as individuals) and then you may give tickets to 8-10 employees or friends and make a great night of it. Table sponsorship may be secured by going online to

If you or your company is interested in donating items for the silent and live auctions, LCEF will send one of their volunteers to pick up any items you or your company wish to donate. In addition, you can get your name or company featured in the evening’s program by making a tax deductible donation prior to November 7, 2016. This may be done online at as well.

“We only have two major fundraising events per year, the gala and the golf tournament,” said Glockel. “These are essential for us. We are honored to be stewards of the generosity of the people who attend these events.”

Individual tickets for the gala are $65 and corporate table sponsorships are available for $800 per table. Tickets can be purchased at Daisy Cleaners locations in Lake Dallas or Corinth, at Northstar Bank’s Lake Dallas branch, the Lake Dallas ISD Central Services office or by calling 940.497.5233.

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