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MESQUITE, TEXAS (January 2019) The thirteenth annual Lone Star Legacy Gala will showcase some of the best American rock songs ever written and performed. Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline the event on February 23, 2019 at Mesquite Arena. All proceeds benefit Mesquite ISD teachers and students through the funding of innovative educational programs.

“Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have been on quite a ride. Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live in concert the hit songs -- touchstones of a generation. Since then, the legendary rhythm section has been thrilled by the outpouring of affection for their new band. World tours and a platinum selling album Recollection followed. The astounding response to the band has been driven in part by new generations of fans that, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”

“Fans will enjoy timeless music and some of the most recognizable hit songs ever made. As always, this will be a night of world class entertainment and a celebration of Mesquite ISD’s teacher and students.” Said Randy Lewallyn, Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Executive Director.

"It’s an honor for me and my fellow Board Members to be a part of bringing world class music to Mesquite and north Texas” said David Belt, Board President of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. “Creedence Clearwater Revisited will not disappoint and we've tried to provide ticket pricing and table sponsorship options to accommodate anyone that would like to come enjoy the show. As always, the purpose of the event is to support the Mesquite ISD’s amazing teachers and students. We invite you to join us in this effort.”

The Lone Star Legacy Gala will be held at Mesquite Arena on February 23, 2019. In addition to a night of great music, the event will feature a live auction as well as a 7-day on-line auction. Table sponsorships are available on the arena floor beginning at $1,000 for a table of eight people. Concert tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and the Mesquite Arena Box Office beginning January 11. All concert tickets are reserved seating and ticket prices will range from $35 - $80.

For more information about the Lone Star Legacy Gala, including table sponsorship information or concert ticket details, visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org

For more information about the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org.

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MESQUITE, TEXAS (January 2018) The twelfth annual Lone Star Legacy Gala will feature the legendary Rock and Roll band The Beach Boys as the headline concert entertainment. The event will be held on February 24, 2018 at Mesquite Arena. All proceeds benefit Mesquite ISD teachers and students through the funding of innovative educational programs.

You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, alongside The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes.

"Having the opportunity to present a legendary band like The Beach Boys to the Mesquite community and north Texas is a true privilege for me and my fellow Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Board Members." said David Belt, Board President of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. “We've tried to provide ticket pricing and table sponsorship options to accommodate anyone and everyone that would like to come see a transcendent band like The Beach Boys. The best part of this story is that all proceeds will be used to directly support Mesquite ISD teachers and students. I invite you to come out for a great show for a great cause."

The Lone Star Legacy Gala will be held at Mesquite Arena on February 24, 2018. In addition to a night of great music, the event will feature a live auction as well as a 7-day on-line auction. Table sponsorships are available on the arena floor beginning at $1,000 for a table of eight people. Concert tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and the Mesquite Arena Box Office beginning January 11. All concert tickets are reserved seating and ticket prices will range from $35 - $80.

For more information about the Lone Star Legacy Gala, including table sponsorship information or concert ticket details, visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org.

For more information about the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org.

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MESQUITE, TEXAS (December 2016) The eleventh annual Lone Star Legacy Gala will feature Grammy winning artist, entertainer and performer Rick Springfield as the headline concert entertainment. The event will be held on February 25, 2016 at Mesquite Arena. All proceeds benefit Mesquite ISD teachers and students through the funding of innovative educational programs.

Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective and is earning great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer this season on the CW hit, Supernatural. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he first arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971.

“The Education Foundation is thrilled to announce Rick Springfield as the musical talent for the 11th Annual Lone Star Legacy Gala.” said David Belt, Board President of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. “We are very confident that people will come out for this caliber of entertainment. Generous gala sponsors and ticket buyers will help us fund innovative grants in Mesquite ISD. This unique community event provides great opportunity for students and teachers in Mesquite ISD.

The Lone Star Legacy Gala will be held at Mesquite Arena on February 25, 2017. In addition to a night of great music, the event will feature a live auction as well as a 7-day on-line auction. Table Sponsorships are being sold on the arena floor beginning at $1,000 for a table of eight people. Concert tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and the Mesquite Arena Box Office beginning January 12. All concert tickets are reserved seating and ticket prices will range from $25 - $60.

For more information about the Lone Star Legacy Gala, including table sponsorship information or concert ticket details, visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org

For more information about the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org.

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2015 Lone Star Legacy Gala to celebrate the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation’s 10th year. Lifehouse to be headline concert act.

MESQUITE, TEXAS (January, 2015) The ninth annual Lone Star Legacy Gala will be a special one for the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. This year’s event is a celebration of the Education Foundation’s 10th Anniversary of raising funds for innovative educational programs in Mesquite ISD. The event will be held on March 21, 2015, at Mesquite Arena and will feature the popular rock band Lifehouse as the headline concert act.

Lifehouse, led by lead singer Jason Wade, splashed onto the music scene in 2001 with the release of their hit song “Hanging by a Moment”, reaching #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and winning the Billboard Music Awards Hot 100 Single of the Year. Other Lifehouse hits include “You and Me”, “Between the Raindrops”, “Halfway Gone”, “Broken”, “Everything” among many others. Lifehouse will release their seventh studio album titled, Seven, in early 2015. To date Lifehouse has sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide.

Tim Halperin, an outstanding musician who burst onto the national scene as a contestant on Season 10 of American Idol, will provide the opening entertainment. While on American Idol, Tim emerged as one of the top 12 males and earned a spot on the live broadcast. He will perform current cover songs and some of his soulful original songs that will display why he is one of the brightest singer/songwriters in the United States.

“The Education Foundation is grateful for the many individuals and businesses that support the Lone Star Legacy Gala each year,” said Don Riggs, gala chair and board member of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. “Since 2007, gala proceeds have exceeded $500,000. These dollars have helped fund hundreds of innovative education programs in Mesquite ISD that fall outside of the state budget. This success would not be possible without tremendous support from our table sponsors, ticket buyers, auction participants and volunteers.”

The Lone Star Legacy Gala will be held at Mesquite Arena on March 21, 2015. In addition to a night of great music, the event will feature a live auction as well as a two-week on-line auction. Table Sponsorships are being sold on the arena floor beginning at $1,000 for a table of eight people. In addition, concert tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and the Mesquite Arena Box Office beginning in late January.

For more information about the Lone Star Legacy Gala, including table sponsorship information or concert ticket details, visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org/gala.html.

For more information about the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation visit http://www.mesquitefoundation.org/index.html.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2014

Media Contact: Randy Lewallyn 972-882-7513 / hlewallyn@mesquiteisd.org or Elizabeth Fernandez 972-882-7405 / efernandez@mesquiteisd.org

Sue Ann Mackey Endowment Campaign launched by Mesquite ISD Education Foundation

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” -- Albert Einstein.

The Mesquite ISD Education Foundation has launched an Endowment Campaign in the name of Sue Ann Mackey to ensure that her selfless service to Mesquite ISD will be recognized in perpetuity.

“Few individuals have matched Mrs. Mackey’s passion and dedication to Mesquite ISD’s mission of excellence in education for young people,” said Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Randy Lewallyn. “Mrs. Mackey’s life was a model of service. Her love for her family, community and especially Mesquite ISD was a defining characteristic of her life,” Lewallyn said.

Mrs. Mackey, for whom Mackey Elementary School was named in 2004, served as a Mesquite ISD Board Member from 1979 to 1994. Most recently, she was a passionate member of the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation Board and served on the Steering Committee when the Education Foundation was established 10 years ago, Lewallyn said.

The Mesquite ISD Education Foundation has chosen to honor her service through the creation of the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment.

“Throughout her life, Mrs. Mackey’s love of children and her support of education earned her the admiration of the entire community,” said Education Foundation Board President David Belt. “Please join us in our effort to honor Mrs. Mackey’s service by making a donation to the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment. Principal from the Endowment will remain intact in perpetuity as a lasting impact for Mesquite ISD students,“ Belt said.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment using a credit card, simply go to www.mesquitefoundation.org and click on the Sue Ann Mackey Endowment Campaign image. Check contributions can be sent to the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation office at 2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, TX 75150.