Viva Las Vegas! First Comal Education Foundation Casino Night Raises Nearly $20,000

Comal County—

The Comal Education Foundation had its own version of “Viva Las Vegas” Saturday, as it held its first-ever Casino Night at the McKenna Events Center.  CISD officials report the room was filled with sponsors and individuals who wanted to give back to the students of Comal ISD- and did, to the tune of  nearly $20,000 raised. According to CISD, those funds will go directly into Comal ISD schools in the form of classroom grants. Cards were flipping, dice were rolling, and roulette wheels were spinning as attendees purchased chips they could turn in for chances to win raffle prizes at the end of the night.  There was also a live auction where items such as a weekend at a beach house in Mustang Island, a deer hunt at the 7,000-acre Phillip’s Ranch where the winning bidder will be paired with a wounded warrior veteran during their trip, and VIP varsity football game packages for the winning bidders and up to six of their guests at Canyon, Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake High schools were featured.

“We exceeded all of our expectations for a first-time event,” said Margaret Tenorio, Foundation Executive Director. “We were hoping to maybe make a few thousand dollars and then build from there for the future, but our sponsors and the community really came together. We couldn’t have done it without them and we hope this event will only get bigger and better in the years to come.”

The event’s title sponsor was 2M Lighting, Inc., which is located in San Antonio.

Others key event sponsors were MTR Engineers, LLC; Yates Company, LLC; Cleary Zimmermann Engineers; Intelligent Engineering Services; Pfluger architects; The Pereboom Group; D&D Contractors, Inc.; U.S. Employee Benefits; Pape-Dawson Engineers; Comfort Air; O’Connell Robertson LPA, Inc.; 3Sixty Integrated; Balfour Yearbooks; Terracon Consultants, Inc.; Joeris General Contractors; Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union; Bartlette Cocke General Contractors; Alterman Inc.; Herff Jones; SAMCO; and H-E-B.

IN PHOTO: (left to right) Memorial Early College High School principal Nick Smith, Amber Kim, Canyon High principal Alison Smith and Kandise Thomas, of Black Tie Casino, are having a blast throwing the dice during the Comal Education Foundation’s first-ever Casino Night at the McKenna Events Center on October 15. The event raised nearly $20,000, which will go back to Comal ISD campuses in the form of classroom grants.