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LSC Foundation StarGala 2019 Showcases Student Success

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Lone Star College (LSC) Foundation raised more than $430,000 during its annual signature event, StarGala 2019.

“I am very grateful to those who sponsored, attended, and donated at this year’s StarGala,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “It is a wonderful opportunity to get together and support student success.”

A featured speaker at the event, held May 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriot, was Anthony D’Souza who shared his Lone Star College experience with the audience. Currently a junior at Rice University, D’Souza attended the Honors College at LSC-University Park as a Chancellor’s Fellow, completing multiple honors research projects.




A current Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship recipient, D’Souza will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to cover a substantial share of educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. D’Souza plans to attend graduate school to study environmental policy and administration.

“It was very inspiring listening to Anthony speak,” said Head. “His story is a testament to what hard work can accomplish.”

This year’s event, themed “An Evening in Seville”, included 580 guests in attendance, who enjoyed dinner, a live and silent auction, and dancing.

Lone Star College Foundation StarGala 2019 raised more than $430,000 to help support student success. Pictured (left to right) are: Saul Valentin, LSC Foundation Board Chair, Vanessa Ozuna and Massey Villarreal, LSC StarGala 2019 chairs.

“Supporting student success through Lone Star College Foundation is so incredibly important for our community,” said Vanessa Ozuna, StarGala 2019 co-chair. “As a former student, I know the value and opportunities attending Lone Star College can provide.”

“The money raised at StarGala 2019 will help make a big difference for many hard-working and deserving students,” said Head, who began his career in higher education as a director of Financial Aid. “I personally know the need to make as many scholarships available as possible.”

“In many cases, 20 or more students will apply for just one scholarship,” said Massey Villarreal, StarGala 2019 co-chair. “This event is truly an investment in our future.”




The traditional live auction item, “Golf with the Chancellor,” consisting of a day of golf for two foursomes, followed by a dinner with Dr. Head, was one the most popular items bid on.

Other in-demand auction items included throwing out the first pitch before the Houston Astros game on LSC night, along with an Astros suite for a party of 21; a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Seville, Spain; and two first-class United Airlines tickets to anywhere in the U.S.

Supporters included: Visionary sponsor – Barnes & Noble College and Noble Energy; Champions sponsor – Berkeley Research Group and Caldwell Companies; Dream Maker sponsor – Harrison Kornberg Architects, Netsync Network Solutions, PBK Architects, and Cisco.




“None of this would have been possible without the dedicated staff and volunteers whose efforts made StarGala 2019 the success it was,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, LSC Foundation executive director. “Many lives are changed for the better thanks to the support of all the generous donors and sponsors.”

Founded in 1991, the Lone Star College Foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 into an extensive portfolio of over $27 million. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $13 million in scholarships to nearly 13,000 students, as well as more than $4 million in program support. The mission of the LSC Foundation is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising and investment management. Visit for more information.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit