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School foundation plans annual fundraising gala

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

The Denton Public School Foundation is gearing up to have its 12th annual Groundhog Day Gala tonight at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.

The theme for this year’s event is “Education is Key” and is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and entertainment from the Denton High School orchestra quintet and the Ryan High School jazz band.

“It’s always a fun event,” said Jackie Jackson, the foundation’s executive director. “When we first started it, we came up with this groundhog theme because it was just fun and whimsical.

“It’s kind of just a fun evening after we’ve gotten past the holidays and people are ready to get out and do something fun again.”

In conjunction with the key theme, the foundation will have a maximum of 75 gold keys available for a donation of $100 each. Numbers are printed on each key, Jackson said, and a drawing will be held in which the individual with the winning key number will have an opportunity to select one of 10 items in the live auction, prior to the auction’s official start. Some items in the live auction include a $6,000 trip, sports tickets and balls autographed by the state championship football and soccer teams at Guyer High School, she said.

The event will also recognize 12 individuals and businesses that donate to the foundation, according to Jackson. A video presentation will feature donors who discuss what compels them to donate, and the video includes footage of the individuals their donations support.

More than 400 people are expected to attend tonight’s event, which annually raises about $50,000 and benefits the foundation and its efforts, Jackson said.

Since 1995, the Denton Public School Foundation has awarded more than $2.3 million in teacher grants, Denton school district staff scholarships and “innovative classroom initiatives” and more than $488,300 in student scholarships, according to the foundation’s website.

“The DPSF provides another way for engagement with our schools,” Denton Superintendent Jamie Wilson wrote in a message. “DISD students benefit from the innovative initiatives receiving grants, direct student scholarships, and scholarships for teachers who continue their education. The DPSF is a model example of school and community partnerships.”

Tickets are no longer available for tonight’s event, Jackson said, but the foundation has an ongoing donation process. For more information on how to donate to the foundation, call Jackson at 940-369-0064, e-mail or visiting

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.