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New Tech to host Mardi Gras benefit
New Tech High @ Coppell will host its third bi-annual Mardi Gras benefit celebration, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 9. Proceeds from the event, which includes a dinner, a raffle, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by New Tech learners, will benefit Coppell Special Olympics.
Organizers are hoping to repeat the success of the first two Mardi Gras events. Four years ago, New Tech donated $10,000 to Childrens’ Medical Center of Dallas, and in 2011 proceeds allowed New Tech to build a house in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the monetary donation, New Tech geometry students have traditionally donated a quilt created especially for the event. One quilt hangs at the medical center and the other was a gift to the family that moved into the house that the learners helped build.
Coppell Special Olympics was selected as this year’s charity by a school-wide vote last fall, following a review of proposals presented by groups of seniors who researched and presented ideas for different charities. Christina Mylar led the group that proposed that the school adopt Special Olympics at this year’s partner. Christina, who has a brother who has been involved in Special Olympics, says that she’s been helping with Special Olympics for several years and she says that “it’s quite honestly, the most fulfilling experience I have known.” She has seen how being involved in sports helps increase the kids’ self-esteem as they gain confidence and develop lasting relationships with coaches, volunteers and athletes. She wanted her friends and classmates at New Tech to be able to see the same things.
Sara Hayes, a New Tech senior and event organizer, says that the committee has been hard at work planning, collecting donations for the auctions and selling dinner tickets. She says that “being part of an event that supports such a special cause makes the stress and time involved with planning rewarding.” She’s looking forward the meeting more of the kids who will benefit from the event.
Sylvia Petrova, another senior and student coordinator, is looking forward to bringing the community together for a fun evening. In addition to the dinner, raffle, and auction, there will be live music , games and other activities, all planned and presented by New Tech learners. Sylvia adds that “this event is one of my favorite New Tech Gives Back projects and she is beyond excited for the opportunity to help Coppell Special Olympics.”
Dinner tickets are $10 each and should be purchased in advance. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation for the raffle or auction, contact New Tech at 214-596-5900 or go to www.coppellisd.com/domain/2188.
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