September 25, 2019 | ACL Live at The Moody Theater

We were so humbled to see community leaders, businesses, and philanthropists come together to support Communities In Schools' efforts to ensure Central Texas children succeed in school and achieve in life.  The 24th annual Food for Thought tasting event, presented by Professional Janitorial Service, was our most successful to date, raising $780,000 in support of Communities In Schools' dropout prevention programs! We couldn't have made it happen without our wonderful event committee, the incredible generosity of our sponsors and guests, and the commitment of our community-minded featured restaurants. A huge thank you to all.

Chef Rick Lopez from La Condesa helps prepare gourmet bites for guests

Guests enjoy some of our featured restaurants on the Music Porch


Food for Thought Committee members (L-R) Joanna Klose, Christie Curtis, Carol Gormin, Leslie Davenport, Kathy Terry, (front) Jackie Price, Kristi Moriarty, Amber Koehler


 Aldo Gardea (CIS staff) and Joseph (CIS student) present a gift to Don Dyer (PJS)


 Diana and Paul Cruz, Axel Pineda, Anastasia Zuniga, Ashika Raval, Kelly and Richard Topfer


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To view the Photo Booth gallery, click here.

Thank you to our sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor


Postgraduate Sponsor

Matching Sponsor

The EGF Charitable Trust


Graduate School Sponsors

PRJ Foundation
Kathy & Patrick Terry


University Sponsors

Friends of CIS

SGH Management Company



Community College Sponsors

Kelley & Jay Lamy
Melody & Shain McCaig

High School Sponsor

Janet Harman & Kent Mayes
Louisa & David Stegmann


Middle School Sponsors

American Bank
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Susie Gray Biehle
Steve Brister & Carmine Salvucci
Jessica & Keith Buchanan
Melissa & Mark Burnett
Edna & George Butts / Sabrina & William Streusand
Capitol Chevrolet
Katy & Jeff Civins
Endeavor Real Estate Group
Excel Property Company, LLC
Frost Bank
Carol & Jon Gormin
Grande Communications
Felicia & Craig Hester
Karen & David Holody
Charisse & David Hughen
Kathleen Kerr & Danny Roth / Michael Lynch
The KLE Foundation
Joanna Klose / Leah Schimberg / Gray Bulman / Mary Selby
Barbara & Bart Knaggs
Al & Amber Koehler / John & Jessica Scott
Jenna Martin & Tal Tversky
Lynn & Tommie Meredith / Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson
Moreland Properties
Kristi & David Moriarty
Susan Morrison & John King / Dr. Anna Pedroza & Robert Chapin
Heather & Jack Nelson / Laurel & Dudley Simmons
Parsley Energy
Kathryn Ross
SWBC Mortgage Corporation
Siete Family Foundation
Smart City Policy Group
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Washington Federal
Watkins Insurance Group


Elementary School Sponsors

A+ Federal Credit Union
Austin Cops for Charities
Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
Beth & Sandy Bull
Catellus Development Corporation
Lana Macrum-Craig & Jeff Craig
Leslie Davenport & Jackie & Eric Price
Focus Strategies Investment Banking
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Jo & Kal Kallison
Luther King Capital Management
Susie Matthews & Kline Boyd
Judy Osborn & Roger Sanchez
Richards Rodriguez & Skeith LLP
Marcia & Barry Silverberg
Texas Disposal Systems, Inc.
Texas Gas Service


Media Sponsors

Event Co-chairs

Christie Curtis
Kathy Terry


Event Committee

Melissa Burnett
Leslie Davenport
Carol Gormin
Joanna Klose
Barbara Knaggs
Amber Koehler
Petie Lewis
Melody McCaig
Kristi Moriarty
Jackie Price
Kathryn Ross
Tia Sales
Jessica Scott
Kerry Ugarte

For information about how to get involved in next year's event, please contact Lila Weatherly at


The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Learn more about our evidenced-based dropout prevention work at

Hosted By

Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Questions? Please contact Lila Weatherly at


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