Last spring, To Educate All Children’s inaugural Tee Up Fore TEACH event looked a lot different than this year’s. A number of well-known philanthropists, including Astros pitcher Lance McCullers and wife Kara McCullers, drove out to TopGolf in Katy for a private, driving range-themed fundraiser.
This go-around, with COVID-19-related closures in effect, hosting a large group at the entertainment facility was out of the question. So the nonprofit’s co-founder, Susan Sarofim, and her interim director of development, Ashley Dillard, got creative.
Their goal? To raise funds toward TEACH’s intensive training program, which helps Houston educators de-escalate student conflict to create safe, productive classroom environments.
The challenge? Keep the event planning budget as low as possible.
“We operated on hope,” Sarofim said. “It’s so hard to judge