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Partying With A Purpose

  • Hosted at Southfork Ranch, Wylie ISD Education Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala – #BootsNBBQgala – will be here before you know it and you won’t want to miss this year’s event. Your participation will assist the Foundation in reaching its goals to enhance education in the classroom. Due to the generosity of donors like you, the Foundation has:
    • Awarded over 440 Grants For Teachers at $1,745,840
    • Funded over $428,000 in Scholarships For Seniors
    • Established an endowment fund over $1.5 million.
    As an advocate of education, we invite you to invest in the future by joining in a night of fun and fundraising.  Buy a ticket or a table.  Bring a friend and participate in a live and silent auction.  Enjoy lip smackin' good barbecue and the night's entertainment. 
    Those interested in sponsoring and/or providing a valuable donation for the silent or live auction should contact us before January 31st in order that we might prepare media and printed materials for the gala and provide proper recognition.
    Thank you in advance for supporting the students and educators of Wylie ISD. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Lori Villarreal at 972-429-3025 or              
    Tax ID: 14-1859786

2020 Theme Announced


    News From 2019 Gala: Foundation Raises $170,000 for Students and Teachers

    Wylie ISD Education Foundation hosted its 16th annual Boots ‘N Barbecue gala this past Saturday. This fundraising event sold out for the first time in its history, with 670 guests filling Southfork Ranch. Emcees Wende Liebert and her comfort chicken and goat, with Bryan Brokaw carried the night as party-goers engaged in games, silent and live auctions, line dancing and lots of laughs.

    “The best thing about this party is the way our community joins together to pull it off,” said Lori Villarreal, Executive Director of the Foundation. “With proceeds going back to enhance education in Wylie ISD classrooms we are grateful for every volunteer who donates time and talents to this event.”

    Campus PTAs, small business, large businesses and local craftsman donate items for the Foundation to auction. The Gala is organized by a steering committee of six, led by 2019 event chair, Dr. Rhonda Blackburn. Another 40 volunteers pitched in decorating and greeting guests. Villarreal continues, “We met our goal to make this year’s event bigger and better. We are already looking at ways to enhance next year’s Gala. Anytime we gather together for a shared cause, Wylie wins.”

    The 2019 Boots ‘N Barbecue Sponsors who helped make the event possible: Boomtown: PBK; Trail Boss: Encore Wire, The Tibbals Family; Wrangler: Credit Union of Texas, Dallas Mechanical Group, Pogue Construction, Methodist Richardson, RLK Engineering

    From the desk of Ian Halperin, Director of Wylie ISD Communications & Community Relations


    Check out photos of the event from the Hello Booth and Anne Hiney Designs!