Many things have changed over the 29 years of McKinney Education Foundation’s presence in the community. The one thing that hasn’t changed on their journey to 30 is the well-founded emphasis on supporting McKinney Independent School District students and teachers with grants, scholarships and college advisors.
The 5th Annual Purses with Purpose is an evening of luxurious purses, exquisite hors d’oeuvres, delectable wine and big hearts all supporting McKinney Education Foundation and its Mission ‘to inspire and assist McKinney ISD students and teachers toward excellence and make a difference in a child’s life through education.”
On Wednesday, October 13, McKinney Education Foundation will once again host approximately 400 supporters in full fashion. The event, held at Sheraton Hotel in McKinney, Texas, begins with check-in where each attendee receives complimentary “chance tickets” for the luxurious selection of handbags. From there, the guests will travel on to play games like Plinko in order to win more purse chance tickets. Guests will be free to view the handbags, shop the amazing silent auction and enjoy the selection of wines and spread of hors d’oeuvres.
This year, some of the featured purses include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Coach, and the coveted Chanel bag. Additional chance tickets are available for purchase. For a chance to win the lavish Chanel, there will be 100 exclusive tickets offered at $100 each.
The pursuit of a posh purse will be the common theme of the evening, however. Not one person will walk away empty handed. The mere presence of each guest provides life-changing opportunities for McKinney ISD students and staff.
The proceeds from ticket sales, chance tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships create enormous opportunities for the students and staff of McKinney ISD. These fundraising dollars enhance learning in classrooms throughout the district, across all grade levels. Last year, MEF awarded over $100,000 in classroom grants. These grants not only allowed the teachers to plan more creative lessons but gave students the opportunity to experience content in a brand-new way. These lessons became memories that will remain with the students of McKinney ISD long after they graduate.
The fundraising dollars also help provide McKinney ISD graduating seniors with scholarships each year. May 4, 2021, over $560,000 in scholarships was awarded to McKinney ISD’s Class of 2021 during the annual scholarship awards ceremony. Recipients totaled 322 with amounts ranging from $250 to $40,000. These numbers set records, even during uncertain times.
Finally, the dollars raised from MEF events go to fund the three college advisors located on the three main high school campuses. These advisors provide McKinney ISD students with information and support to pursue a higher education. MEF Advisors encourage students to dream about and plan for college while guiding parents through the process. Over the last twelve years, MEF Advisors have helped McKinney graduates find and receive more than $201 million in outside scholarship funds!
By providing teachers with classroom grants, awarding hundreds of thousands in scholarships each year, and funding a college advisor at each high school, MEF has become a dynamic force in this community’s commitment to education. The partnership between McKinney ISD and MEF makes our community truly unique.
Event sponsorships are still available. Due to an unprecedented interest from our community to sponsor, reserved seats are extremely limited. Cost per ticket is $125…while supplies last. To purchase tickets, visit www.mckinneyef.org.