The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) hosted a virtual “Roast & Toast” event honoring CCISD Superintendent, Dr. Greg Smith, on Thursday, November 5 via Facebook Live. Three roasters, handpicked by Dr. Greg Smith himself included Dr. Laura DuPont, Dr. Glenn Freedman and Gail Love, all took turns “Roasting” Dr. Smith with many fun memories and jokes throughout his 12 years in the district. He of course had a chance to rebut and the event concluded with a champagne toast, sponsored by Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai, to honor all his accomplishments and wish him the very best moving forward. More than $90,000 was raised during this virtual event to support innovative programs in the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD).
“It was such an honor to pay tribute to Dr. Smith who so willingly, once again supported the Foundation’s efforts to raise funds! He’s such a good sport which made this event so entertaining, meaningful and worthwhile,” stated CCEF Chairman, Katy Bastedo.
Starting a few days prior to the virtual event, over 23 specialty baskets were available for bidding online that were personally designed and created by teachers and staff at CCISD schools in support of CCEF. Guests registered on the online bidding platform and had fun bidding against their friends virtually. The big component of this virtual event was a 2003 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette that was generously donated to the Foundation by Board Member, Mickey Wooten. With just over 13,000 miles and in pristine condition, CCEF sold 500 raffle tickets at $100 each raising $50,000! This is the largest raffle in Foundation history! The winner of the Corvette was drawn on Facebook Live immediately following the Roast & Toast Event. Congratulations to Mary Anne McWhirter for having the winning ticket!
“So many in our community stepped up to support the Foundation and raise the funding needed to support CCISD programs for students and teachers,” stated CCEF Executive Director, Deborah Laine. “We are truly blessed and most appreciative to everyone who played a part in this success.”
The event was planned by a 11 person volunteer committee that included CCEF Community Marketing and Events Manager Kelsey McNeil; CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine; Committee Members: Joyce Abbey, CCEF Chairman Katy Bastedo, Traci Dvorak, Roy Green, Carl Joiner, Greg Ploss, Jill Reason, Chris Rylant and Mary Ann Shallberg.
This event would not have been possible without the support of all the generous sponsors. CCEF would like to thank them for all their support! Special thanks to the Presenting Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott; Platinum Sponsors: Balfour, Chemical Process and Production, PBK Architects, UTMB Health; Gold Sponsors: AMOCO Federal Credit Union, Joiner Architects, MRI Technologies, Rogers Morris & Grover; Silver Sponsors: Barlow Jones Attorneys at Law, Elite 24 Hour Emergency Care, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, Huckabee and Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai.
Established in 1992, CCEF is a 501(c)3 organization located in League City, Texas. Comprised of volunteers with a passion for excellence, the Foundation raises funds to enrich academic achievement within the Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD).