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McAllen, Texas 78502-3068
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Stars Scholarship Fund’s community gathered to celebrate the 17th Annual Extravaganza in Laredo, Texas.
On this evening, over 500 Laredoans joined us for cocktails, live auction, dinner catered by Laredo Country Club and a presentation by Col Michael E. Fossum USAFR, (Ret.). Col. Fossum provided a riveting insight into space exploration and his experience as a veteran of three space flights who has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks, served as an astronaut from 1998 until his retirement in 2017.
Klarissa Mendez, 2019-2020 Stars Scholarship recipient and undergraduate student at Texas A&M international University was a featured speaker and spoke to guests on the impact Stars Scholarship Fund in her life. As a Biology major, Klarissa seeks to attend medical school after receiving her bachelor’s degree with the goal of opening a family practice in Laredo, Texas.
Stars Scholarship Fund is grateful to the business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and community members who attended. Our 2019 Laredo Extravaganza was a huge success, generating over $40,000 from our live auction and raising an additional $100,000 for student scholarships from donations.
Every dollar friends invested in Stars Scholarship Fund produces ripple effects in the community. As a result of this evening, Stars Scholarship Fund will be able to offer an additional $200,000 in scholarships in 2020, after funds are matching by our partnering colleges and universities, such as Texas A&M International University and Laredo College.
We have been blessed with 17 wonderful years in Laredo, with over $2.3 million dollars disbursed in Laredo and 1350 students from Laredo received a Stars Scholarship to attend college.
Special thanks to Mr. Steve LaMantia, Stars Board Member, Mrs. Linda LaMantia, Stars Committee Chair, Ms. Margarita Flores, Stars Board Member and all those who assisted in ensuring our event was a success.
We feel incredibly fortunate to have the support of the Laredo community in closing the gap between dreams and opportunity for so many students. We appreciate everyone who joined us.
As businesses look at ways that they can give back to our community this year, we ask that they consider supporting our Annual Laredo Extravaganzas. When supporting Stars Scholarship Fund, 100% of sponsor donations will be applied to student scholarships, as our operating expenses are largely covered by L&F Distributors. In addition, our partnerships with Texas colleges and universities enable Stars Scholarship Fund to have sponsor donations matched, allowing our funds to have a greater impact in our community.
The Stars Extravaganza is a private event for sponsors of Stars Scholarship Fund. We offer four options of sponsorship starting at $3,000 for any organization, business or individual who would like to support us. Each table seats 10 and location of seating is determined by the level of commitment chosen. Stars Scholarship Fund provides supporters with year-round media exposure via our website, social media, print, radio and television.