The Baytown Sun
The Ellen Degeneres Show dropped a cryptic note on social media Thursday to Houston area Astros fans asking them to submit their story if they needed financial help from her.
One of the team’s biggest fans is in Baytown and answered the call on behalf of the teachers and students at Goose Creek CISD. Jennifer Walsh, Head of Communications at Covestro and Vice President of the Goose Creek Education Foundation, made a plea to Ellen to help the foundation as it supports educators and students still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
She then one-upped the offer. Walsh said she would donate her entire outfit that was custom-made for the foundation’s All-Star gala last year (that had formal with a sports twist attire) to Ellen to auction it off and raise money for hurricane relief efforts and innovative teaching grants. The custom gown was traditional orange and blue with a long train that had the Astros’ logo embroidered on it. She also had custom shoes, earrings and even bobby pins.
“That dress was made to be worn for a fundraiser for the foundation,” Walsh said. “I can’t think of a better use for it than to raise even more money to help students and educators and in the process educate others about the long-term relief efforts that are still ongoing in the greater Baytown area.”
Walsh put the message on her Twitter account (@JenniferWalshPR) where it is gaining some momentum among district employees.
“We have our fingers crossed that Ellen chooses us to support and we are asking everyone in Baytown to share the tweets to help raise the visibility of the plea and increase our chances of being chosen,” said Erika Foster, Director of the Goose Creek Education Foundation.
This year’s All-Star Gala will be in the evening, Sept. 14, at Minute Maid Park. It will feature KHOU Sports Director Jason Bristol as an emcee. There will also be an appearance by a former player Astros legend that will be announced in the next two months.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and it will have the formal with a sports twist theme again. Walsh is already thinking about how she can go even bigger with her Astros-themed attire.
“I don’t want to give it away, but I will say I’m going with a #TakeItBack trophy type of idea,” she said. “Maybe we can auction that off to.”
More information is on the foundation’s website at www.gccisd.net/page/EducationFoundation.