Lone Star College Foundation StarGala raises funds for scholarships

PHOTO: LSC 2022 StarGala


HOUSTON (April 14, 2022) – Lone Star College Foundation raised nearly $440,000 during StarGala 2022, its annual signature event.

“It’s been three years since we were able to gather in person due to the pandemic,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor. “I am grateful to the nearly 600 people who attended StarGala 2022 to celebrate our students and raise funds for their success.”

LSC Foundation provided $1,589,808 in scholarships to 1,712 students and $1.3 million in program and emergency support to Lone Star College in 2021.

Attendees heard from Anthony D’Souza, a scholarship recipient and 2018 Honors College at LSC graduate. D’Souza spoke of his experience at LSC and how that led to his success at Rice University where he studied environmental and earth science. D’Souza currently works as the Research & Policy Coordinator of Air Alliance Houston, a local environmental organization that works to reduce the public health impacts of air pollution in the city and advance environmental justice.

“The money raised at StarGala 2022 will make a significant difference for many hard-working and deserving students,” said Head, who began his career in higher education as a Director of Financial Aid. “I understand how incredibly important it is to make sure we provide as many scholarships as possible.”

Supporters included: Visionary sponsor – Barnes & Noble College and Entergy; Champions sponsor – Diane & Seth Sharr; Dream Maker sponsor – PBK Architects.

“I am so grateful to our generous donors and sponsors who help make a difference in our students’ lives,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, LSC Foundation Executive Director. “I would also like to acknowledge our dedicated staff and volunteers whose efforts made StarGala 2022 such a success.”

This year’s live auction items included tickets for Texas A&M football, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, a trip to Napa Valley and the popular Chancellor’s Golf Experience where one lucky bidder won the chance to play golf with LSC Chancellor Stephen C. Head.

“Supporting student success through Lone Star College Foundation is a passion for us,” said Consuella and James Harrison, StarGala 2022 chairs. “Events like StarGala allow us to partner with the students, remove barriers in the pursuit of their college education and help them reach their full potential.”

Lone Star College enrolls over 80,000 students each semester providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and has been named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ranked 35th in Texas in the Forbes ‘America’s Best Employers By State’ list. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.


October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

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