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Neighborhood: Fort Worth

RIdglea Country Club

3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76116


The event will celebrate CIS-GTC's 25th anniversary on Friday, May 12, and it will honor the work of Mike Steele, the nonprofit's founding president and CEO.

Start on : May 12, 2017 7:00 PM Friday
End on : May 12, 2017 10:00 PM Friday

Event Details

Twenty-five years equates to tens of thousands of at-risk students whose lives were changed because of the vision and leadership of Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County (CIS-GTC).

Mike Steele, the nonprofit’s founding president and chief executive officer, will be honored for his tenure with CIS-GTC at the organization’s 25th-anniversary fundraising gala Taking Flight – Helping Students Achieve New Heights at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. The theme is a nod to Steele’s military career prior to his leadership of CIS-GTC.

Steele will retire shortly after the gala event. Lindsey Garner, M.P.A and C.F.R.E and the nonprofit’s current chief operations officer, has been named Steele’s replacement upon his retirement.

Tickets begin at $125 and are available at www.cistarrant.org/events.

Contact Rachel.Peters@cistarrant.org for sponsorships or more information.

The club is at 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave.

CIS-GTC began in 1992, serving not quite 200 students from two Fort Worth high schools – Polytechnic and Diamond-Hill Jarvis.

Today, the organization annually supports nearly 5,000 students at 57 schools across nine districts, collaborating with 80 community partner organizations. CIS-GTC is part of the national Communities In Schools network, which serves more than 1.2 million at-risk students across the United States.

For the 2015-2016 school year, 37,232 students in 52 schools were served by CIS-GTC. The number includes 4,572 students who received 154,695 hours of intensive case management; of those students:

87% improved their grades

94% improved their behavior

94% were promoted to the next grade

94% of high school seniors graduated. Of those, 85% moved to post-secondary education.

Taking Flight is generously presented by Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. Additional sponsors include media partners Fort Worth Business Press and NBC 5, along with Una and Jade Bailey, Bank Of America, Bank of Texas, Carolyn Bell and Mandy Patty, Christian Burton, Capital One, CBCA, MaryAnn and Matt Dufrene, Estrada Hinojosa/Catherine and Robert Estrada, Holt Capital, Insperity, Northern Trust, Oncor, PlainsCapital, Rylander, Clay and Opitz, Kay Sanders, TAMU, Tarrant County College, THR, UMB, VLK Architects and the Webb Family Foundation.

About Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County

Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County is a 501c3 non-profit that is part of a national network of CIS programs serving more than 1.2 million students. CIS-GTC is currently placed in 57 schools across 9 Tarrant County school districts this year, serving students who are identified by their schools as most at-risk of dropping out. CIS-GTC serves not only students but their families, assessing their unique needs and working with more than 80 community partner organizations to connect the students with the resources they need to address a wide range of issues. The mission of CIS-GTC is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

People Attending Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County celebrates 25 years

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