Rustlin' Up Enough Funds to Fill Texas!

  • 'Black Tie & Boots: A Texas-sized fund-raiser
  • for LCF schools' set for Saturday, March 26

    Get out your best Stetson hat, shine up those Tony Lima boots and get ready for the upcoming "Black Tie and Boots: A Texas-Sized Fundraiser for our Schools" at the LCF Educational Foundation's annual gala on Saturday, March 26, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

    Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and Lisa Singelyn, co-chairs for the event say it will be sizzlin' with the flavors of the West. The event is expected to rope in more than 700 school supporters and $350,000 in Texas-size proceeds for the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.

    The party begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing to music by local band Palm Drive.

    "Our benefit committee is beyond fantastic," Fitzpatrick said. "I think this is going to be awesome event, and a wonderful way to continue the excellence of our schools."

    The evening also will honor the LCF Educational Foundation's 2004-2005 Spirit of Outstanding Service Award recipients, Cayce and Don Sheppard.

    "We hope to raise funds as huge as Texas. The evening will not only be fun but it is a way to support our children and our schools," said Singelyn. "This is the perfect opportunity to support the Educational Foundation, with all the money spent counting toward your family's annual LCFEF contribution. Where else do you get credit for a going to fantastic party and winning such incredible auction items?"

    Everyone will have the chance to strike it rich at the gala. By purchasing "Yellow Rose of Texas" boutonnieres, one lucky cowgirl will walk away with a gorgeous diamond tennis bracelet. In the spirit of the rugged West, the annual car raffle will be for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. The winner doesn't need to be present and can select $10,000 in cash instead. Like last year, only 750 raffle tickets will be sold. Nine finalist tickets will be chosen from the spinner, then the 10th finalist ticket will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

    Both the silent and live auctions are loaded with tempting trips and one-of-a-kind opportunities that even J.R. Ewing would have a tough time passing up. And, a few lucky bidders may rustle up some bargains that take a good eye but not a fortune. Some highlights of the live auction: Wine connoisseurs will be salivating over the three-bottle set of the 1998 Screaming Eagle cabernet sauvignon. This is one of the world's most sought-after wines, with a "cult" like following. Scream-ing Eagle is only available through auction.

    Bahama Bliss - One week in a private, waterfront home on Harbor Island in the Bahamas. Pink sand and turquoise waters. Some conditions apply. Plus, two Jet Blue Airline tickets.

    Puppy love - The rights to an AKC purebred chocolate Labrador puppy available this spring. The pup's parents are certified for hips and eyes. Lots of wet kisses guaranteed!

    London Luxury for Two - Enjoy four nights and British class at an ever-so-posh London Millennium Hotel. Have a supercalifragilistic time with tickets for two to the hit musical "Mary Poppins" and a $500 air voucher.

    Michael Jordan Basketball Camp - Your child can be like Mike with a week at his personally coached basketball camp August 5-9 in Santa Barbara. Plus, get two pairs of basketball shoes and two NBA basketballs thrown in.

    Fiji Five-Star Fantasy - As they say in Fiji, "No worries" when you're beachfront at the five-star luxury resort, Kulu Bay on Beqa Island in Fiji. Enjoy breathtaking beauty and a wide-range of water sports. $500 air voucher included.

    Pebble Beach Retreat/ Pro-Am Package. Spend 8 nights at this fabulous house in the famed 17-Mile Drive section of Pebble Beach. Get a resident's pass, lots of tournament goodies, and enjoy every minute of the 2006 AT&T; Pro-Am Tournament. Includes a $200 gift certificate to Roy's at Spanish Bay. More than a $5,000 value

    New Pentium Computer - From Earth Oasis, this great package also includes a three-year warranty and consulting services

    Be a Rock Star - Win an opportunity to sing or play one song with Palm Drive during the evening. Choose from three songs. Includes a video recording of your debut.

    Heart Six Dude Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyo. - Six-night all inclusive stay for two. Includes activities such as trail rides, fly fishing, cookouts, Jackson Hole rodeo, Yellowstone National Park tour. Complete with fishing equipment and a $500 air voucher.

    Be a Coach or Play: USC Flashback Football Camp -Trojan Flashback Football uniquely blends the past winning traditions of USC Football with the current successes of Pete Carroll's football program. You'll have your own Flashback Football Playbook and be on the field learning from the best in the business.

    "The Gala is always amazing, but this year's Gala co-chairs, Lisa Singelyn and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, have taken it to a new level of creativity and high-powered fundraising," said Kathy Hernandez, LCFEF president. "Just imagine our schools running without our revenue from Gala. Would you want to give up smaller class sizes? Give up guidance and college counseling? Or give up art, music and drama in the elementary schools? There are more than 350,000 reasons why we all owe Lisa, Elizabeth and their committee a giant debt of gratitude!"

    For tickets to Black Tie and Boots, call the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation office at 952-4268. More details about the Gala and the auction items can be found at the Foundation's Web site,

    The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation is a working group of individuals, businesses, foundations, and community organizations committed to providing financial support for the public schools of La Cañada Flintridge. Foundation support allows the La Cañada Unified School District to continue such programs as class size reduction, art, drama and music instruction, and high school guidance and college counselors, among others.

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