Weatherford Christian School celebrated its 11th Annual Faith Promise Dinner on Nov. 1 at Canyon West Clubhouse and received not one but two “tremendous blessings.”
This event is one of two major fundraisers that enables the non-denominational Christian school to keep education affordable for residents of Parker County, while also allowing them to make capital improvements to both their elementary and secondary campuses. The event’s presenting sponsor was First National Bank of Weatherford and was attended by over 200 people.
In years past, this event has become one of Parker County’s top fundraisers by grossing anywhere between $119,000 to $130,000, but this year far surpassed anyone’s expectations when the event grossed over $304,000.
“To say we are pleased is an understatement,” said Director of Development Leslie Chalmers. “This is an absolute blessing and words truly can’t express our gratitude to those that made it possible.”
She added that they had been working with one donor in particular on a year-end gift but had no idea that they would double their contribution and give early. If over a quarter of a million dollars wasn’t gift enough for one evening, there was one more surprise in the works. Upon opening one of the giving envelopes, development department volunteers pulled out a picture of a 15-person people mover van that was wrapped in WCS logos and colors and had been donated by three separate donors. The van will be delivered to the school’s secondary campus in order to transport students on field trips and sporting events. Up until this time, the school has relied on parents and volunteers for transportation.
The theme for the evening was “God’s Game Plan” and keynote speaker and Dallas Cowboy Chaplain Jonathan Evans followed suit with a compelling speech about having faith and making an impact as a Christian in other’s lives. He encouraged guests to let others see what God looks like by living out His word in their daily lives and professions.
“If you are a lawyer, let others see God in the courtroom; if you are a doctor, let your patients see God as you serve them; and if you are a teacher, let your children and parents see God in the classroom,” Evans said.
It was warmly received by a standing ovation. Evans is the son of Dr. Tony Evans and a previous NFL fullback for teams like the Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys.
Lin Bearden, President of First National Bank of Weatherford emceed the event and Keith Warren, Associate Pastor of North Side Baptist Church, led the opening prayer. WCS also took time to honor secondary English teacher Penny Fell for her 10 years of service and dedication to the school. Following Evans’ keynote presentation, WCS asked former valedictorian from the class of 2010 and recent TCU graduate Chloe Johnson to give a first- hand account of the impact that the school has had on her after moving into the “real world” and her post high school education. Johnson is now working on her Master’s Degree in Accounting and has already secured a position with one of the nation’s largest accounting firms, Ernst & Young. She spoke about how Weatherford Christian School laid the foundation for what she has been able to achieve and prepared her academically for the rigorous academic schedule she has endured.
This event was made possible by numerous volunteers and sponsors and WCS would like to thank the following for their sponsorship of the event: Bobby & Martha McAvoy, Brian & Courtney McKeown, Bryant Grain Compnay, Check Up Cutting Horses, Chemical Weed Control, Integra Realty Resources, North Side Baptist Church, Parker County Today Magazine, PlainsCapital Bank & Slick Rock, LP.