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Irving—Irving Schools Foundation’s Guitars and Stars benefit concert offered an evening of great country music, and food hostedat the Toyota Music Factoryon Sunday, Dec. 12. The eventalso presented an opportunityto celebrate the contributions of teachers and staff members in Irving ISD.

“All of our teachers are coming for free tonight, all of our campus employees,” Crystal Scanio, CEO of the Irving Schools Foundation (ISF), said. “This is an opportunity for us to say ‘Come have a good time, enjoy some good food and drink, and get away from the hecticness of their lives.’

“The Guitars and Stars event is a celebration of our teachers and the years they’ve been through with COVID and everything they’ve been dealing with. Tonight’s a celebration.”

Before the evening of music officially began, Scanio surprised Diana Pfaff, chair of the ISF Legacy Gala, with a Legacy Award for her years of service.

“Because of COVID, we scrambled a little bit trying to find a band, and we got a phone call from one of our donors who said,‘I know you all are trying to find a band, maybe my son would be interested,’” Scanio said. “We asked who’s your son? They said have you heard of the Eli Young Band? We were just blown away that they would think of little Irving Schools Foundation to come play. Opening act is Prophets and Outlaws, an awesome band. Both bands are great to work with good people, who know it’s for a great cause to raise money for our kids.

“Our Irving ISD employees have gone above and beyond this year with the challenge of COVID.The challenge of our students needing more than they have ever needed before from a social/emotional standpoint, dealing with different ways of learning. We want tonight to be a celebration of our Irving ISD employees.

“It’s been a really strange time for us. It’s been difficult to find funds for things we know we need.Most of our loyal donors put a stop to some of their giving, because they were trying to figure things out too. I’m grateful we had so many great donors who stepped up.”