More than $63K raised during two-hour live telethon with VISD Education Foundation

Funds raised benefit VISD Students and Educators

VICTORIA, Texas- The phones were ringing off the hook at the Bright Ideas Telethon Sunday evening. The live two-hour event was hosted by Ozzy Mora, Geno Perez, Howard Gordon, and Don Brubaker live on KAVU. 

All of the funds raised will directly benefit students and faculty in Victoria Independent School District. 

By 8 pm on Sunday, the telethon brought in $63,545. The goal is to raise $75,000. People called and texted in to donate money throughout the two-hour event. 

Our hosts from Newscenter 25 interviewed various people throughout the night, including, Matthew Albrecht, Development Committee Chair, VISD Education Foundation; Robin Harkey, Executive Director, VISD Education Foundation; and Dr. Stanton Lawrence, VISD Assistant Superintendent of Administration.

Every one of the campuses in VISD has received money from the VISD foundation.

In 2020 the VISD Foundation was able to donate $63,000 said Matthew Albrecht, Development Committee Chair, VISD Education Foundation.

The VISD Education Foundation helps Victoria Independent School District students and teachers. Currently, the district boasts over 13,000 students, 938 teachers, and has 17 elementary schools and seven secondary schools.

Since 2009, the VISD Education Foundation has awarded over $625,000 in grant and scholarship funding to educators and students in VISD. 

The Foundation’s mission is to generate and distribute resources to VISD to enrich teaching, inspire learning and enhance opportunities for students to become contributing members of society. 

The Foundation is a charitable 501c3 charitable organization that serves as a link between the school district and our community made up of a 23-member board of directors to provide funds for projects and activities that go beyond the typical classroom experience.  And they also have scholarships and award programs for students that want to take dual credit, but maybe wouldn’t be able to afford to otherwise. 

The Foundation also held a device donation drive when Victorians needed it the most during this pandemic to help students stay connected for remote learning. 

Teachers can actually donate a portion of their salary to the foundation as part of a donation match drive. 

Since 2009 the Grants for Ideas program started more than $450,000 have been awarded to over 160 projects impacting 77,173 students. And they also have a dual credit enrollment program made possible through a partnership with Victoria College. 

If you missed the telethon tonight, you can still give through February 7th. Text “BRIGHT” to 855-202-2100 or donate online.