CCEF style show raises funds to support CCISD programs

Margaret McCarty showcases
fashions from Dillard’s at Baybrook.

This year’s 11th annual Clear Creek Education Foundation fashion show drew a crowd of more than 300 and raised over $20,000 to support academic enrichment programs in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

Held in League City at Mercedes-Benz of Clear Lake,  it had “I Love CCISD…Where Inspiration Becomes Reality!” as this year’s theme.
“CCEF works year-round to develop and host programs that truly make a difference in the lives of CCISD students,” CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hanson said. “Our fashion show is a special time to educate the community on our initiatives and enlist their support, while showcasing many of the programs we love through this fun filled event. This year’s event did not disappoint.”

Carsen Lee wears a big smile
as he comes down the runway.

The fashion show showcased many things CCEF loves about CCISD!  Complete with runway seating, hors d’oeuvre stations provided by 10 local restaurants, and talent vignettes featuring CCISD students, it was an event for all to enjoy. The “I Love CCISD” Fashion Show was directed by national fashion event producer Lenny Matuszewski Jr. with fashions and makeup provided by Dillard’s – Baybrook Mall, hair by Visible Changes and a Microsoft gaming station.
Focal points of the evening:

Fashions modeled by 75 CCISD high school juniors and guest models who are in good academic standing, involved in school and community activities, and who demonstrate all that is positive about CCISD;

McWhirter Elementary kindergartner, Mason Creger, and his teacher, Leena Elmore strutted down the runway wearing t-shirts showcasing Mason’s design as the winning artist of the annual “I Love CCISD” Kindergarten Art Contest.  This year’s design was a star showcasing “Why CCISD Shines.”
Student entertainment groups including the Clear Falls Jazz Ensemble, led by Russell Zavalla; the  Clear Lake High School Soundwaves, led by Raul Dominguez; Clear Springs High School Audio Video and Production, led by Amber Pecsenye; and Clear Springs Theatre, led by Mark Stonebarger; wowed the audience.

McWhirter kindergartner, Mason Creger and his teacher, Leena Elmore, left, and mother, Tina Creger, come down the runway wearing T-shirts showcasing Mason’s design as the winning artist of the annual “I Love CCISD” art contest that were sold throughout the district.
Photos by Elizabeth McCarty.

The event was planned by a 22-person volunteer committee that included: CCEF Executive Director Kaci Hanson, Fashion Show Chairman Kay Lee Benoit and committee members Kim Barker, Katy Bastedo, Marshall Bennett, Summer Brauer, Amanda Eaves, Melinda Emmons, Paige Fahey, Kimberly Fleming, Tisa Foster, Ann Hammond, Midge Herrod, Holly Hughes, Ellen King, Elizabeth McCarty, Donna McMartin, Sarah Moutz, Claudia Pardivala, Sonia Ponchak, Jill Reason, Deena Rigby, Skyler Rossacci and Elizabeth Wang.

“This event,” Hanson pointed out, “would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors — Mercedes-Benz of Clear Lake, Ron Carter Clear Lake, Andrews Kurth, JSC Federal Credit Union, Dillard’s Baybrook, Memorial Hermann Southeast, The Reserve at Clear Lake City, UTMB, Awards of Distinction, Ann Hammond, The Ditta Family, The DeMasie Family, Greer, Herz & Adams, LLP, League City Councilman Nick Long, Dr. Mitch Foster, DDS, Ron Carter Autoland, Oral Surgery Associates, The Tanzberger Family, and food vendors Double Dave’s Pizza Works, Grazia Italian Kitchen, HEB, Jackie’s Brickhouse, Luka’s BBQ Steakhouse, Main St Bistro, Merlion Thai Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Rise Cupcakes.”

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