Lone Star College Foundation hosted StarGala 2008, April 12, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. StarGala, co-chaired by Heather & Gary Montgomery, raised nearly $400,000 for student scholarships. In addition the foundation announced, a $1 million endowment from an anonymous donor was announced at the gala to establish the Dr. Linda Stegall Excellence in Education Scholarship Endowment. Stegall serves as the president of Lone Star College-Kingwood and will retire in August after serving the system since 1994. This annual signature event honored John Zizelmann posthumously along with Conroe Regional and Kingwood Medical Centers for their partnerships and continued support of Lone Star College System through the foundation. “It was a special evening that really touched a lot of people,” said Heather Montgomery, gala co-chair. “Lone Star College is doing an excellent job of touching lives and making a long-term impact and engagement with our community and society,” said Montgomery. Scholarship winners Monique James, Lone Star College-North Harris and Amanda Mitchell, of LSC-Kingwood made remarks during the evening’s program, sharing what their scholarship and LSC education meant to them. Sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and auction items contributed to the revenue raised through the gala. Popular auction items included a pearl necklace donated by Donoho’s Jewellers, a trip to Santa Fe, NM, in a corporate plane donated by the Zizelmann family and an evening with the LSC Chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter. “StarGala 2008 served as a glorious evening,” said John Hooker, foundation executive director. “Donors and participants invested approximately $1,400,000 for annual and endowed student scholarships, to be disbursed throughout the Lone Star College System. Our board members, volunteers and contributors deserve our extreme gratitude; they make an incredible difference,” said Hooker. “We were pleased to honor the Conroe Regional Medical Center, the Kingwood Medical Center and especially the commitment, dedication and legacy of John Zizelmann,” said Hooker. Created in 1991, the foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 into an extensive portfolio of $9,800,000. With productive investments, the foundation presently utilizes 206 endowed scholarship accounts, with 50 pledged endowments in progress. In partnership with the Lone Star College System, the foundation annually funds grant programs, which provide creative and unique educational opportunities for approximately 2,000 students. Photo: Dr. Richard Carpenter and Dr. Linda Stegall

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