Plano community leaders, chefs, students and volunteers came out in force to support Hendrick Scholarship Foundation during the annual signature fundraiser, TASTE 2018, hosted at Classic BMW. TASTE 2018 is a truly a party with a purpose - Serving Student Success for Life by providing Plano ISD graduates who have overcome adversity with college scholarships, academic advising, mentoring and life skills training. The event raised $100,000 to fund future scholarships and support services. Currently there are 73 in the four year program and the incoming 2018 class will be announced later in May.
TASTE 2018 was led by Plano community leader, Jean Callison alongside the host committee led by Plano ISD alumni Lesley and Barry Guinn. Surprise performances from Hendrick student, Jairo Cabrera and Plano’s own American Idol contestant, Ron Bultongez entertained guests. Celebrity Honorary Chef John Tesar joined on stage with auctioneer Phillip Pierceall and emcee Victoria Snee brought the auction to a heated close leading with a clear message about the importance of education as a cornerstone for success leaving the crowd to battle for the opportunity to be one of the first at Knife opening at The Shops at Willowbend in August. A complete photo album is available on Facebook. To download for publishing and captions use Google.
Co-founder of Hendrick Scholarship Foundation and a founding family of Plano, Rutledge Haggard honored the memory of Dr. Hendrick followed by a moving video featuring many of the Hendrick students sharing their story.
Celebrity Chef John Tesar will be among the featured chefs participating in TASTE 2018 the signature fundraiser for Hendrick Scholarship Foundation that features tasting stations from Plano’s premiere chefs and restaurants. Check out more information about Chef Tesar, his new restaurant Knife and his involvement with HSF in the article by Rebecca Silvestri of PlanoProfile.
Rutledge Haggard, one of the founders of the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation and our Chairman Emeritus talks about Plano’s past and future in this article written by Cori Baker for Plano Profile in February.
Hendrick Scholarship recipient Hannah Aziz forges a life for herself against all odds. Alexandra Cronin interviewed the former Hendrick student in this article called "Gone Girl" in the August issue of Plano Profile.
“When HSF offered me this scholarship, it was life-changing. I don’t have student loans. I have a degree. It’s opened up so many doors for me,” she says.
“Everything comes full circle,” said an excited Nadia Khedairy about her experience as a Hendrick Scholarship Foundation recipient and now as the Collin College adviser specifically for students receiving the scholarship. Check out the full article written by Rick Saigling in Plano Magazine's March/April edition.