2019 Distinguished Alumni Event raises nearly $160,000

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) hosted the annual Distinguished Alumni Event, honoring four individuals who have made significant contributions to the Temple community and the students and families of TISD.  Honored that evening were Mr. Thomas Baird (Temple High School, class of 1971), Dr. Sonjanette Crossley (Meridith-Dunbar High School, class of 1968), Mrs. Dorothy Powell (Dunbar High School, class of 1949), and Mr. Wendell Williams (Temple High School, class of 1966). 

“The Distinguished Alumni recognized during the TEF’s event are community leaders who have served selflessly and with distinction,” said Texas House of Representatives, Hugh Shine.  “Their leadership sets the standard for others to follow and I am sincerely delighted to have the privilege of joining with the TEF in highlighting their community contributions.”

Since 2014, the Distinguished Alumni Event has raised over $550,000 to impact Temple schools through innovative teaching grants and student scholarships for TISD. The caliber of this year’s honorees, how they have invested in the Temple community and given hours of time and support, is a testament to their character.  Literally thousands of TISD students have been impacted by the efforts of these four amazing individuals.