Written by Jess Paniszczyn
The Via Real restaurant hosted a Pre-Gala Party, on Sept. 19, benefitting the Irving Schools Foundation’s Legacy Gala. Each partygoer was charged an entry fee of one auction item or a bottle of wine which will enhance the Legacy Gala planned to be held in the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas on Oct. 25.
“Today we are collecting gifts for the silent auction and the wine pull,” said Nancie Rissing, an Irving Schools Foundation’s Board member. “We are going to take these to the Gala... It is going to be an awesome time to celebrate. We are also going to be celebrating the Teachers of the Year that evening. It will be great fun.”
Crystal Scanio, Executive Director of Irving Schools Foundation, is anticipating using the proceeds from this year’s Gala to expand the scholarship opportunities for Irving students.
“We’ve raised $233,000 out of our $300,000 goal,” Scanio said. “So the hope is we will get $300,000 before the Gala, but even if we don’t get to that point, then we will raise it at the Gala. One thing I want to share is that we keep our expenses low. Last year we spent about $50,000 on the actual event. We raised $257,000 at the actual event, so $207,000 went directly back to the schools. I know that is a major concern with a lot of people as they are looking to fund certain events or help certain charities.
“We want to expand our scholarships. Currently we offer about 114 scholarships. We want to expand that to 125.