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 2nd Annual GWEF Annual Fundraiser - 2013
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October 18, 2013, was a great day in George West, Texas. It was a beautiful Fall day on a beautiful South Texas property where people over 400 by the end of the evening gathered to support the kids of the community. The day began with bright sunshine and marksmen ready to compete in the George West Education Foundationís Second Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot. Over 23 pairs of shooters participated in trap and clay pigeon competition over the next few hours.

As the shoot wound down, the second phase of the fundraiser was beginning. Hundreds of people lined up for entrance to the Fiesta adorned barn to start the party. As guests entered the barn, they were met with the bright colors and festive decorations of the Fiesta-inspired night of dinner, concert and auctions to come. There was mingling and shopping as everyone enjoyed the silent auction offerings and large open bar.

As the sun set in the background, the evening progressed with a catered supper and continued activity with raffles and the announcement of the winners of the shooting competitions. Soon, the feature entertainer, Johnny Rodriquez, took the stage, singing the songs he made famous throughout the years.

Even with all the festivities, the main event of the night was yet to come. The crowd was buzzing and ready when the live auction began. The options were grand for the very willing bidders. Our very generous contributors of the live auction items could only be matched by our very generous purchasers of those items!

The array of auction items included a storied antique rifle, trips to Colorado and Montana, South Texas hunting and Gulf Coast fishing trips, weekend stays at the JW Marriot and the new Plant apartments in San Antonio, a Double Eagle rifle, seats to Spurs games, a Port Aransas weekend getaway, diamond jewelry and box seats to a Rangers game. Bidders werenít shy in the friendly competition and by the end of the auction, it was clear that the night had been a huge success.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and our bidders, George West Education Foundationís Second Annual Fundraiser garnered over $150,000.00 in one night! Over the course of the next months, educators and administrators throughout GWISD worked on grant requests so that we could promptly turn those givings into results.

On April 10, 2014, the GWEF went on our second Prize Parade to announce the recipients of $150,000.00 in grant requests. By the start of the 2014-2015 school year, our campuses will be equipped with eleven new mimio boards, 125 tablets, chemistry, biology and physics equipment, a mobile observatory, new library books and kindles, state-of-the art calculators and a kiln. We funded field trips and band trips and teacher training. The dollars donated and contributed to GWEF will be put to work again soon to enhance the educational experience of our kids!

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