The Clear Creek Education Foundation Awards Dinner

By: Kassie Morell
| Published 09/22/2021


LEAGUE CITY, TX -- The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) is hosting the 20th annual Awards Dinner and Fundraiser to recognize outstanding alumni who graduated from Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) schools as well as community members.

The “Bright Stars / Brave Hearts” Awards Dinner and Fundraiser is set for Thursday, Nov. 11 at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center in League City. The event is an annual fundraiser for CCEF to help support students, teachers, and programs within CCISD.

CCEF will honor an elite group of individuals who continually serve and represent CCISD. Award recipients include:

George B. Carlisle Distinguished Service Award for consistent demonstration of commitment to CCISD over time: Dan Newman

Distinguished Alumni Award presented to individuals who are CCISD alumni and are now accomplished professionals who support their community: Eric Mendoza, Clear Brook High School Class of 2017; Andrea Patin, Clear Creek High School Class of 2000, and Scott Belshaw, Clear Lake High School Class of 1989
Valor Award in honor of a public servant (military, police, fire, etc.) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty: Eric Doyle, Clear Creek High School Class of 1991

Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award is presented to a small business owner within CCISD who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the district through active participation in multiple activities: Steve Pratt, Esteban’s Café y Cantina

CCISD Citizen of the Year, recognized by the CCISD Board of Trustees and CCEF, goes to an outstanding member of the community who consistently demonstrates commitment to CCISD and excellence in public education through volunteer efforts: Ralph Parr, posthumous

This year’s awards dinner is being generously sponsored by Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott; Chemical Process and Production, Inc.; Assured Partners; Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Center; Joiner Architects; Moody Bank; Petroleum Service Corporation; and UTMB Health. Sponsorship opportunities still are available for individuals or businesses to support this annual tradition of recognizing outstanding community members and CCISD alumni.

The Awards Dinner and Fundraiser is open to the community and tickets are available for purchase on the foundation’s website. All funds raised from the event go toward inspiring educational excellence within CCISD
through CCEF’s programs that includes educational grants for both teachers and students, supporting Clear Horizon Early College High School and underwriting the costs for teachers to obtain National Board Teacher certification.

The event is being planned by a 17 person volunteer committee that includes Gala Committee Chairman, Chris Rylant; Committee Members, Janet Brown, Kelli Byrd, Traci Dvorak, Kimberly Fleming-O’Connor, Lisa Holbrook, Carl Joiner, Rosemary Lagrone, Laura Mackay, Sarah Moutz, Greg Ploss, Jill Reason, Ruth Rendon, Mary Ann Shallberg and Elizabeth Wiehle Wang; along with CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine and CCEF Community Marketing and Events Manager Kassie Morell.