Pasadena ISD Ed. Foundation to host ‘Back 4 the Future’ virtual telethon

Pasadena ISD Ed. Foundation to host ‘Back 4 the Future’ virtual telethon
Posted on 10/12/2020
Pasadena ISD Ed. Foundation to host ‘Back 4 the Future’ virtual telethon

The Pasadena ISD Education Foundation is taking a blast to the past for the future of students during its first-ever “Back 4 the Future” virtual telethon, December 8, 2020.

The event will raise funds to provide mini-grants for teachers, student scholarships, support for virtual learning, district-wide COVID-19 relief and more.

Organizers are hoping to raise $250,000 to support Pasadena ISD students and teachers during its giving period, starting December 1 through December 8. The event’s grand finale will be live-streamed from noon to 8 p.m. on the final day of giving, December 8. 

The virtual event will feature live entertainment from students and staff to community members and alumni.

“Like ‘Back to the Future,’ our telethon will travel back through the decades to celebrate the history of Pasadena ISD, our schools, education foundation, famous alumni and more,” said Cristina Womack, past president of the PISD Ed. Foundation 

The telethon is being hosted in lieu of the Foundation’s annual Prize Parade fundraising event, in which teachers were awarded mini-grants to enhance student learning.The Prize Parade annually raised nearly $200,000. 

This year, program organizers are optimistic that they will not only be able to meet their annual goal, but surpass it partly due to the accessibility of the giving process, which will be exclusively based online through the telethon website.

“The 2020 school year has been wrought with many challenges. Due to COVID-19, the way we previously raised funds to enhance our educational programs suddenly became obsolete. We have been forced to open our minds and creatively think of ways to be able to meet some of our financial goals,” said Cheri Hutcherson, Pasadena ISD Ed. Foundation president. 

“Collectively, we came up with the idea to create a telethon and perhaps involve a greater segment of our community than has been previously involved. We are excited about the possibilities of this new effort and hope you will join us in helping to meet our annual goal, so that we may continue to support our students and teachers”

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