We were so humbled to see the wide spectrum of community leaders and organizations come together to support Communities In Schools’ mission during the 22nd annual Food for Thought tasting event presented by Professional Janitorial Service and Samsung Austin Semiconductor. The 2017 event was our most successful to date, raising nearly $650,000 in support of Communities In Schools’ dropout prevention programs! This would not have been possible without the tireless work of the amazing event committee, the tremendous generosity of our sponsors, more than 500 guests, and the wonderful commitment of our featured restaurants. Thank you to all.

Please see below for an overview of the event.


Committee members Petie Lewis, Laurie Curry, Kathy Terry, Christie Johnson Curtis,
Shelly Broussard, Edna Ramon Butts

A full house at ACL Live at the Moody Theater!

Featured restaurant Le Politique

CIS student presenter Ezabella; emcees Deb Gore of Professional Janitorial Service and Catherine Morse of Samsung Austin Semiconductor; Jennifer Rivera-Enriquez - CIS Program Manager at Webb Middle School

Representatives from sponsor H-E-B, Lisa Maldonado and
CIS Board Member Leticia Mendoza, participate in the live auction


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El Alma Café y Cantina  •  Barlata Tapas Bar  •  Boiler Nine Bar + Grill •  Cannon + Belle
Central Standard  •  Emmer & Rye  •  Fixe Southern House  •  La Condesa 
Le Politique  •  Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill  •  Olive & June
Sala & Betty  •  Stories Fine Dining at Hyatt Lost Pines
Sway  •  The Driskill  •  TRACE  •  Uchi 

For information about how to get involved in next year's event please contact Lauren Sellers at lsellers@ciscentraltexas.org.

 Communities In Schools' mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Learn more about our evidenced-based dropout prevention work at ciscentraltexas.org