The 30th Anniversary Celebration CIS Soirée for Students was held at Texas Discovery Gardens, benefiting Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) which provided on-campus support to over 9,000 students in 2015-2016 school year. Dr. Judith Allen-Bazemore, President and CEO of CISDR welcomed guests with Blake D. Lewis III, Chairman of the Board, Soirée Chair Maggie Cooke Kipp, Honorary Chairs Katherine and Key Coker and CISDR Chief Philanthropy Officer, Lisa Loy Laughlin. Guests included Anne, Lindsey and Davin Hunt and Caroline Rose Hunt, the 2016 Dream Achiever award honoree, and sponsors included Alon USA (presenting sponsor) and BBVA Compass.
CISDR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1985 to address the growing number of high school dropouts in Dallas and surrounding areas. CISDR operates in 70 schools in nine school districts in Dallas, Collin, and Ellis counties, with over 78% of those students living in poverty and deemed “at-risk” of future failure by the Texas Education Agency. This school year, 96% stayed in school and CISDR high school intervention resulted in a 95% graduation rate.
Photo 1: Dr. Judith Allen-Bazemore, President and CEO, CISDR, Ben Bazemore
Photo 2: Bill Woodall, Sara Woodall, Auction Chairs
Photo 3: Nancy Gopez, Lisa Loy Laughlin, Chief Philanthropy Officer, CISDR, Maggie Cooke Kipp, Soirée chair; Quitman Stephens
Photo 4: Key Coker, Katherine Coker, Honorary Chairs; Kathy Lewis, Blake Lewis, Chairman of the Board, CISDR