Submitted by Michelle Goodson Garrison, MEF
For the past three years, the Allen Americans have partnered with the McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) to offer discounted tickets to MISD administrators, teachers, students and their families. In exchange, MEF, a non-profit organization, receives a portion of every ticket sold to designated MISD games. At Friday night’s game against the Denver Cutthroats, the Americans hosted MEF as they honored their Dream Builders, select community businesses and individuals who provide year-round funding for MEF Advisors.
The McKinney Education Foundation Advisors are located on the three McKinney high school campuses to provide McKinney ISD students with information and support to pursue a higher education. MEF Advisors encourage students to dream about and plan for college as they guide students and parents through the application process. Over the last seven years, MEF Advisors have helped McKinney graduates find and receive $54 million in scholarship funds!
When describing the partnership with one of the hottest teams in minor league hockey, MEF Operations Director, Margaret Harsch commented, “Non-profit fundraising can be challenging, so we are especially grateful to the Allen Americans for their continued support of MEF and our programs. We always have a great time at the games, but tonight was especially exciting as we were able to acknowledge our Dream Builders and NHL Hall of Famer and Allen Americans minority owner, Ed Belfour, presented a check to us for $2,000. That doesn’t happen every day!”
Additional 2012-2013 Allen Americans games designated to benefit MEF are Monday, January 21, 2013, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 and Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (Spring Break). Proceeds from ticket sales for these games will benefit MEF. Visit the MEF website at www.MmEeFf.com for upcoming ticket information.
The MEF Dream Builders are: Darling Homes; Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies; Encore Wire; Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts, P.C.; Heritage Eye Center; Independent Bank; McKinney Education Foundation Board of Trustees; McKinney ISD; Medical Center of McKinney/Mr. Ernest Lynch; Minnis Family Endowment; Pogue, Inc.; Tate Financial Group/Darrell Tate and Bobby Mefford
About The McKinney Education Foundation: At MEF, we envision a future where a passion for learning unleashes the full potential of our community. To provide the highest quality of education in McKinney, Texas, our mission is to inspire students and teachers toward excellence in education. MEF programs include scholarships, classroom grants, professional development grants, the MEF Advisors and McKinney Ex-Students Association (MESA). MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which is supported by business, civic groups, and individuals who know how important it is for young people to achieve a higher education. Visit www.mmeeff.com for more information!
Pictured (right to left): NHL Hall of Famer and Allen Americans minority owner, Ed Belfour, presents a $2,000 check to MEF on behalf of the Allen Americans to MEF Trustee Matt Malone and Operations Director, Margaret Harsch.