2nd Annual School Supplies Drive benefitting Yellowstone Academy
By Connie Kwan-Wong | Photography by Paul R Davis/Dabfoto Creative | Date: August 18, 2015
Gerardo Dorado-Smith, Victor Garcia
What better place to mix glitz and charity than the sparkling Baccarat store in the Galleria, where well-schooled guests attended Alex Martinez’s “2nd Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive?”
Martinez and this year’s co-chair, Debbie Pakzaban, hosted the festive event. Guests were welcomed with champagne in Baccarat flutes and enjoyed sumptuous bites personally prepared and delivered by Ibiza/Brasserie 19 Chef-owner, Charles Clark.
The beneficiary of the evening’s attention was Yellowstone Academy, a private school for pre-K through 8th grade that only accepts economically disadvantaged children and empowers them with an education that prepares them for success in high school, college, and beyond—for a phenomenal $5 to $45 monthly tuition.
Ryan Dolibois, Executive Director of Yellowstone, gave an inspiring speech about the school’s mission and the success of its students. This is a landmark year for Yellowstone, which will proudly see its first students graduating from high schools around the city.
The average family income of Yellowstone students is $13k per year. The children who are admitted have an opportunity to change the course of their lives with teachers that are dedicated to provide the same high quality academic program available at Houston’s best private schools. Yellowstone offers a safe and challenging academic environment that the kids will carry for a lifetime.
One generous donor provided over 50 computers, and more than $6000 dollars in school supplies were brought by guests to help Yellowstone students start their year.
Among the esteemed guests enjoying the excitement of the evening in their “back-to-school chic” were David Arpin, Matt Burrus, Dr. Peyman Pakzaban, Ashley Pakzaban, Cindy Rose, Connie Kwan-Wong, Kim Padgett, J. Michael Soliz, Christine and Matt Tabrizi, Alison Bell, Dr. Essa Kawaja, and Diana Martinez.