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NLEF Brings Back Tailgating for Scholarships

School NewsGreg Higgins

Alumni and fans bring the excitement of school spirit by decorating their tailgate booths.  Tamales, chips and salsa were served at the Texas Tech University tailgate while an array of homemade desserts lined the tables at the Stephen F. Austin tailgate.


The North Lamar Education Foundation will host its annual “Tailgating for Scholarships” event on Saturday, October 17 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Love Civic Center.  College and university alumni and fans will show their alma mater’s spirit while serving traditional tailgate cuisine.  Proceeds will go toward scholarships for North Lamar graduates who plan to further their education beyond high school.

“The NLEF Tailgate Party is a family friendly evening with sports being broadcast on large screens with a variety of food to enjoy,” said NLEF Board Member Nancy Beall. “All funds raised go toward scholarships for graduating seniors.”

Guests are encouraged to support their favorite college or university by wearing their school’s T-shirt or jersey.  The idea is for everyone to move from tailgate to tailgate sampling food.

  Paris Junior College President Dr. Pamela Anglin, right, accompanied Pyro at the 2014 NLEF Tailgate Scholarship event.

Paris Junior College President Dr. Pamela Anglin, right, accompanied Pyro at the 2014 NLEF Tailgate Scholarship event.

Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite college or university.  Each dollar collected will be counted as a vote.  At the end of the night, the school with the most monetary votes will have a scholarship given in its honor at the end of the year. 

Bidders can continue showing their support to NLEF by wrangling over an array of silent auction items.  Guests will see such items as a Broken Bow weekend in a luxury cabin, horseshoe rocking chair, 2 tickets to the Texas Motor Speedway, two front row tickets to Gary Morris including VIP passes to a concert reception, and four tickets to ‘Elf the Musical’ at the Dallas Summer Musical. 

Other items sure to bring attention include North Lamar’s Name That Street, a 2016 Special Seating Gradation package, ‘Principal for a Day’ at Bailey, ‘Lunch with the Principal’ each at Everett and Stone, full page color ad in the NLHS Yearbook, and a 2015 Autographed Panther Football Helmet.  Supporters will find something for all ages.

Advance tickets are available at any North Lamar campus or the NLISD administration building.  Cost is $20 per adult and $10 per student.  Prices at the door will be $25 and $15.  Sponsorships may be obtained by logging on to the North Lamar webpage at www.northlamar.net.  For recognition in the program, sponsorships must be received by October 13 in the NLEF office at 3201 Lewis Lane, Paris, Texas, 75462 or by calling 903.737.2003 x 1500. 

The North Lamar Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was established to assist North Lamar students in furthering their education beyond high school.  Tax-deductible contributions are made through donations, memorials and honorariums, fund-raisers, endowments, and planned giving.