Frenship gala attracts 150 for auctions, dinner, dancing
For at least one party-goer at the Frenship Foundation for Leadership Denim and Diamonds Gala, the festivities were a marked change from the usual New Year’s Eve celebration.
Greg Hernandez, principal of Heritage Middle School, and his wife, Shanay, said they usually observe the holiday in their kitchen.
“On New Year’s, normally, I stay home and kind of sit around with the kids and we make bunuelos and canela. It’s a family tradition,” Hernandez said. “But this year, we’re going to do it on New Year’s day, because we are here.”
Hernandez said Gina Laughlin, an assistant principal at HMS, asked him to come. She was one of the organizers of the event.
“It is a very nice change. I’m enjoying it,” Hernandez said while dining at the gala, even as his companions teased him that it was probably the latest he has stayed up in 20 years.
Cindy Stephens, executive director of the Frenship Foundation for Leadership, estimated about 150 people had showed up for the gala. She said 250 tickets were sold, but she had personally had about 20 calls on New Year’s Eve from people who were too sick to celebrate the new year.
“There’s a ton of sickness out in the community, and it hit us, too,” she said. “Today, we all rallied and said, ‘OK, if we can have 150 for our first year, we will be excited.’”
Stephens said many people told her they couldn’t even remember what they did for New Year’s Eve a year ago and were excited to attend the gala.
“It’s promising, too, that people could come together and have fun for a good cause. So, I’m pumped,” Stephens said.
A live auction, silent auction, dinner and dancing were among the festivities at the gala.
The Frenship Foundation for Leadership provides character scholarships for Frenship seniors, classroom activity grants for teachers, scholarships for teachers and assistance for teachers who have emergency situations.
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