Many people traded in their wading boots and work gloves for the first time since Hurricane Harvey to glam up and attend the Clear Creek Education Foundation's Glitz and Glamour-themed 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.

The stunningly decorated South Shore Harbour Resort Crystal Ballroom housed the event that was attended by a veritable Who’s Who of area elite. Jill Reason, chairman of the foundation board, headed up the event and mentioned notable help from Kelsey Richardson, the foundation’s event manager.

The George B. Carlisle Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Ron McLeod. Distinguished alumni were Air Force Capt. Christin Hart, Connie Davis Fuller and Michael Janney, DVM. The award for Valor was given to Capt. Scott Harman, U.S Navy.

Superstar Award recipients were Kevin Duke and Ruth Rendon Duke, Magali Gutierrez, Lauren Jehli, Dinah Parker Matthews and Gary Mossman. The Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business award was given this year to Mickey Wooten from South Shore Grill. And the coveted Citizen of the Year Award honored Trent Martin.

The beautiful gala was the stage to reunite three superintendents, McLeod, Dr. Sandra Mossman and Dr. Greg Smith. Also in attendance were state Reps. Dennis Paul and Greg Bonnen and state Sen. Larry Taylor.

The foundation is tax-exempt charity that raises money for grants to teachers and students. Kaci Hanson, foundation executive director, recently told about a young man from Clear Brook High School who received a grant to develop a life-changing medical device to help people with MS to walk. Another amazing grant went to students at Clear Springs High School to help develop and build several airplanes. Grants to teachers help with continuing education or for innovative ideas.

The Mayor’s Ball, which kicks off the holiday season and is a fundraiser for League City Proud’s Holiday in the Park events, has been postponed because of Mayor Pat Hallisey’s health. But a large fundraising effort was already underway to collect gift cards for a raffle. So, one lucky winner was the recipient of almost $6,000 in gift cards drawn at League Park at the gazebo under the oaks.

The board of directors of League City Proud was grateful to Kelli Reddinger, who spearheaded this great fundraiser. Janice Hallisey is one of the founders of the parade that will celebrate its 20th anniversary Dec 1-3 with three parades, vendors, pictures with Santa, and snow.

“I hope Pat will be able to start off the parade and ride down the parade route, and then go immediately home,” Janice said. “He is doing so great and the love sent to him from the citizens of League City is sure helping him heal.”

Ange Mertens’ column, The A List, covers society and charity events in north Galveston County.

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