Val LaMantia Peisen
On Friday April 26, 2019, Stars Scholarship Fund’s community gathered to celebrate the 16th Annual Extravaganza in McAllen, Texas.
On this evening, over 700 of the RGV community joined us for a live auction, appetizers, dinner catered by Stefano’s Catering and a night of comedy featuring Colin Jost of SNL.
Stars Scholarship Fund is grateful to the business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and community members who attended. Our McAllen Extravaganza was a huge success, generating over $50,000 from our live auction and raising $300,000 for student scholarships from sponsorships.
In addition to our Extravaganza, Stars Scholarship Fund entered in to partnerships with both McAllen ISD Education Foundation and Sharyland ISD Education Foundation. Funds raised by both organizations were donated to Stars Scholarship Fund and scholarship funds were guaranteed to Stars applicants from the Class of 2019 from each district respectively.
Every dollar friends invested in Stars Scholarship Fund produces ripple effects in the community. As a result of this one evening and partnerships, Stars Scholarship Fund will be able to offer an additional $700,000+ in scholarships in 2019, after funds are matched by our partnering colleges and universities, such as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College and Texas State Technical Collage in Harlingen.
Our next McAllen Extravaganza will be scheduled for Spring 2020