BPSF’s Fiesta Breakfast breaks old fundraising record

BPSF Past President Shirlene Cook and BPSF Secretary Stephanie Spiller
From left, Nathan Cross, BPSF treasurer; Dawn Pollard, BPSF 2015 Spring Award Wi

Nearly 500 diners enjoyed a “Fiesta Breakfast” from Casa Olé in Beaumont on Tuesday, Oct. 27, as the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation 23rd annual fundraiser topped the amount earned at last year’s record-breaking event, making this year’s “the best yet,” according to executive director Beth Rhoades.

Rhoades said in total, the foundation raised approximately $52,000 this year, more than twice the amount raised last year, partially due to generous sponsorships by local businesses such as ExxonMobil, BBVA Compass and Community Bank, among others.

The BPSF is a separate entity from Beaumont Independent School District that gives awards to certified staff and students for innovative learning ideas. The mission of BPSF is to recognize creativity and excellence in BISD, according to the group’s literature. Since its beginning in spring 1993, BPSF has given over $214,323 in funding to 327 BISD students and certified staff.

BPSF Executive Director Beth Rhoades explains that the breakfast is essential to the organization because it provides the money necessary to distribute the educational grants.

“The Fiesta Breakfast is a major fundraising event sponsored by the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation Inc.,” said Rhoades. “For 23 years, Casa Ole’ and Crazy Jose’s have generously assisted in underwriting this event.”

The hundreds of supporters who attended managed to put away 70 pounds of bacon, 120 pounds of eggs, 120 pounds of potatoes, 120 pounds of fruit, five huge pots of Ranchero sauce and 600 tortillas in two hours.

To learn more about BPSF, visit the organization’s website at www.bmtisd.com/pages/BeaumontISD/Departments/Beaumont_Public_Schools_Founda.