$52,000 raised for BPSF grants at 24th annual Fiesta Breakfast

Photos by Sharon Brooks

More than 450 supporters dined at Casa Olé on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 25, during the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) 24th annual Fiesta Breakfast fundraiser, which earned the nonprofit $52,000 for educational grants.

The BPSF awards grants to certified staff and students for innovative learning concepts and is a separate entity from the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). In the past, the foundation has provided a variety of grant awards for classroom supplies such as books in Braille for hearing impaired students, Lego robotics building kits, gardening supplies and much more. Since its beginnings in spring 1993, the BPSF has given over $236,000 in funding to 351 BISD students and certified staff.

 “This fundraising event supports the BPSF Awards Program,” said BPSF Executive Director Beth Rhoades. “For 24 years, Casa Olé and Crazy Jose’s have generously assisted in underwriting this event.”

Rhoades called the event a great success, and said diners enjoyed the delicious breakfast provided by Casa Olé.

Casa Olé Marketing Manager Anne East said kitchen staff prepared approximately 70 pounds of bacon, 120 pounds of eggs, 45 pounds of potatoes, five pots of ranchero sauce, 600 tortillas and 130 pounds of fruit. 

“It’s for the kids,” said East. “This community has been supportive of us, and we want to give back to the community. We strive to be involved in the communities we serve. That’s what we’re all about. This is a great fundraiser for a great cause, supporting innovative education for students. That benefits the community.”

The breakfast is over, but BPSF accepts donations year round. Call (409) 617-5134 or visit www.bmtisd.com/pages/BeaumontISD/Departments/Beaumont_Public_Schools_Founda to donate.