Tailgate Arlington: A Rockin' Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Tailgate Arlington: Rockin' The Foundation event. The event raised $148,000 for extraordinary learning opportunities for AISD students and was held at the Arlington Museum of Art on Saturday, September 19.  The Young Junior High performed a rousing song medley for the sold-out crowd and musician Brad Thompson was a big hit.  This was a record-breaking amount to raise from our annual event, and everyone had a rockin' good time!

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to our numerous sponsors. Their generous support demonstrates their commitment to public education in our community. 

Rock Star Presenting Sponsors

  • Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC
  • Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott
  • Reliable Paving

Diamond Record Sponsors

  • Medical Center of Arlington
  • Texas Health Arlington Memorial
  • USMD

Platinum Record Sponsors

  • Frost Bank
  • Perkins+Will
  • Southwest Bank
  • VLK Architects

Gold Record Sponsors

  • 3Di Sign & Design
  • Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Arlington ISD Board of Trustees
  • City of Arlington
  • Joy & Chad Bates - Legacy Financial
  • Anna & Justin Chapa
  • Tom & Diane Cravens
  • Curnutt & Hafer
  • EECU
  • Steve & Kelly Hastings
  • Dan Dipert Coaches 
  • Dan Dipert Family Fund
  • Doreen & Joe Bruner
  • Jeannie & Will Deakyne
  • Joeris Construction
  • Laura & Jimmy Jones:  On behalf of the Jones Academy
  • Worthington National Bank

Media SponsoR

  • Fort Worth Star Telegram

Beverage Sponsor

  • Oak Highland Brewery


2015 Tailgate Arlington Committee

A lot of hard went into putting this event together.  A big shout out goes to Lisa and Carl Cravens who chaired the event.  Everyone one involved worked tirelessly over the summer to make sure every detail was in place when the doors opened that night.  The 2015 Tailgate Committee included:

  • Ann Morris
  • Beth Owens
  • Chad Bates 
  • Cindy Dao
  • Dan Taaffe
  • David Wilbanks
  • Doreen Bruner
  • Harry Flood
  • Karen Williams
  • Karol-Ann Mozjesik
  • Kay King
  • Kelly Curnutt
  • Leanne Rand 
  • Linda Dipert
  • Lori Lane
  • Lorie White
  • Lynn Butler
  • Mary Tom Curnutt
  • Michael Jarrett 
  • Nancy Tice 
  • Paul Fulks
  • Scott Slover
  • Tom McCarty

Extra special thanks goes out to Leanne Rand and Karol-Ann Mozjesik who coordinated our Silent and Live Auctions.  Our auctions brought in more than $50,000 that evening!  Thank you for your outstanding work! 

The great night of entertainment was capped off by another wonderful meal provided and prepared by Kelly Curnutt. Thank you Kelly for donating the food and your time and effort to feed such a large crowd!  

AISD and the Foundation are truly blessed to have such wonderful support from a generous community of individuals and businesses who value education. We can't wait until next year's event!

AISD Education Foundation Announces the date for Tailgate Arlington Fundraiser

AISD Education Foundation and Tailgate Arlington Committee have a great event planned this year. Mark your calendars for Tailgate Arlington Rockin' The Foundation on Saturday, September 19th at the Arlington Museum of Art.  

It’s time to pull out your favorite rock concert t-shirt, throw on your jeans and help us rock the cause!
— Lisa Cravens

The Tailgate Committee, chaired by community leaders Lisa and Carl Cravens, have unveiled the details for the annual fall fundraising event benefiting educational  programs, teachers, and students.  "It's time to pull out your favorite rock concert t-shirt, throw on your jeans and help us rock the cause!", announced Lisa Cravens. 

The event will coincide with the Arlington Art Museum's exhibit, "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone", featuring iconic images from Baron Wolman who shot many of the rock star legends that graced the cover of the early magazine.  "We thought it would be great to play off those wonderful images and create a fun-filled event focused on Rock-n-Roll.", stated Linda Dipert, Foundation board member. "It will be a great contrast to last year's successful 'Wild, Wild West' event, and just as fun."

There will be plenty of great food, entertainment and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $150 and tables of 8 seats are $1,500. Corporate sponsorships start at $1,500. You can purchase tickets or tables online at the foundation website.


Foundation Celebrates AISD Trustees named as "Outstanding School Board"

Foundation Celebrates AISD Trustees named as "Outstanding School Board"

The Arlington ISD Foundation Board of Directors celebrates the AISD Board of Trustees being recognized as the Texas Association of School Adminstrators (TASA) "Outstanding School Board of Texas" in 2014.  The reception was held January 29.   Pictured left to right are John Hibbs, AISD Board of Trustees; Chad Bates, Foundation Board Treasurer; Beth Owens, Foundation Board; Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent; Kecia Mays, AISD Board of Trustees; Peter Baron, AISD Board of Trustees; Jamie Sullins, AISD Board of Trustees; Dr. Aaron Reich, AISD Board of Trustees; Gloria Pena, AISD Board of Trustees; Bowie Hogg, AISD Board of Trustees President; Ann Morris, Foundation Board Secretary; David WIlbanks, Foundation Board; Tony Pompa, recent AISD Board of Trustee; Brian White, Foundation Executive Director; Dr. Diane Patrick, Foundation Board; and Scott Slover, Foundation Board.  

Tailgate Arlington Wild Wild West - A Huge Success

Hundreds of people packed the Arlington Museum of Art on September 20th to support the AISD Education Foundation.  More than $100,000 was raised to benefit the Foundation from Tailgate Arlington Wild Wild West - a country, western-themed fun-filled event.  The fun included a barbecue dinner prepared by Kelly Curnutt, Cowboy entertainment, a photo booth, "The Claw" filled with goodies from The Highlands, silent and live auctions, and entertainment from the Bailey Junior High Theater Arts Department.

A special thank you to all sponsors, including our Gold Sponsors: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott; Medical Center of Arlington; and the Dan Dipert Family Fund.  Also, special thanks to our event co-chairs, Karen & Jeff Williams, and the Tailgate Arlington Committee comprised of Michael Jarrett, Chad Bates, Mary Tom Curnutt, Kelly Curnutt , Karol Ann Mozjesik, Leanne Rand, Ann Morris, Doreen Bruner, Kay King, Beth Owens, Tom McCarty, Charlotte Demby, Lorie White, Scott Slover Lori Lane, Linda Dipert Grace Ann Durden, Sharn Barbarin, Barbara Nash, Diane Patrick. Justin Chapa, Clay Kelley, David Wilbanks, and Laura Jones.

Thank you to all who made this event a HUGE SUCCESS! 


ARLINGTON, TX – The Arlington ISD Education Foundation has hired Brian A. White to be its new Executive Director. White comes to the Foundation after serving as Senior Major Gifts Officer with the American Red Cross North Texas Region. He is an accomplished leader in nonprofit development and public relations, serving management roles with World Vision, University of North Texas, Uplift Education, The Salvation Army, Gladney Center for Adoption, and Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home.  He began his career as a TV reporter and anchor with television stations in Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

“Brian has demonstrated the leadership and drive to take our Foundation to new heights,” said Mike Jarrett, President of the Foundation Board.  “His experience in fundraising, relationship-building and public relations makes him an important addition to our leadership team.”

“I am really excited about this tremendous opportunity to serve my hometown,” said White. “As someone who was greatly influenced by a quality public education, I am honored to serve and increase resources for our students and teachers.”

White lives in Arlington and grew up in Hattiesburg, MS. He has a BS in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is married to the former Lorie Hightower, an Arlington native and alumnae of Arlington High School and UT-Arlington.  Together, they have a blended family of five children: Kendall, 19; Drew, 18; Shaun, 15; Rebecca, 15; and Grace, 11. 

About Arlington ISD Education Foundation

 The Arlington Independent School District Education Foundation was established to promote and support the continuing improvement of educational programs offered by the AISD by supporting programs for which tax funds are not available; providing support for improved educational opportunities for teachers, students and employees; recognizing excellence through teacher awards; and providing a vehicle for contributing directly to the continuance of educational excellence for our children.

 Through its grants, the Foundation currently supports programs throughout the AISD that involve thousands of children in creative learning. These projects impact curriculum improvement, parental support activities, mentoring programs, facilities improvement and unique student activities. In May 2008, the Education Foundation expanded its mission to include a student scholarship program.